Feb 20, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Add Five More Top International Prospects

Well, when you’re going to be taxed like crazy for going over the budget anyway, and won’t have much money to spend in the coming years on international free agents, and believe in the group that’s out there, why not push all your chips to the end of the table and say I am all in? That’s exactly what the Yankees did.

After already signing four big names in the international free agent market, the Yankees went all in and added five more big names.

Per Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Yankees inked catcher Miguel Flames from Venezuela, outfielder Juan De Leon from the Dominican Republic, and Korean shortstop Hyo-Joon Park.

Per Kiley McDaniel of Scout.com, the Yanks also added Dominican outfielder Antonio Arias and Venezuelan outfielder Johnathan Amundary.

Where are they ranked?

Well, Flames is 16th on the Baseball America list and 25th on MLB.com. De Leon is second on BA and fifth on MLB. Park is 18th on BA and 13th on MLB. Amundary is 22nd on BA and seventh on MLB. Arias is 22nd on BA and ninth on MLB.

The Yankees cleaned up on the international market.

They also added pitcher Servando Hernandez per Badler and 11 others per Mcdaniel for lower level bonuses.

When you don’t draft well and you can spend a lot of money to try and fix it, this is what you do. We’ll see if it pays dividends for the Yanks in the years to come. Remember, all of these guys are very young. You won’t see them in the Bronx for a while. 

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