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The Dodgers are upping their profile in international signings

May 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Under Frank McCourt, the Dodgers spent the least amount of money of all 30 teams on international signings last year. Indeed, over McCourt’s entire tenure, international signings were all put kicked to the curb in terms of priority. That was something the new Dodgers owners said they’d change. And, according to the Los Angeles Times, they’re changing it.

In a news release, the Dodgers said they were in the process of signing 20 players from Latin America. The release did not name the players and not all the signings apparently are official yet …

Buster says the signings total in the $400-500K range. In all of 2011 the Dodgers spent $177K on such signings.

It’s possible that there’s not a gem in that pile of players, but they never even gave themselves a chance to find one when McCourt was running the show.

  1. SmackSaw - May 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    And now, we return to the Dodgers, back in progress…

    • beavertonsteve - May 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      It’s nice to hear. It wasn’t too long ago the Dodgers were ahead of the curve in international scouting.

  2. natstowngreg - May 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I’ve told you Dodgers fans out there, Stan Kasten knows how to build an organization.

    Of course, there was that scandal with the Nats’ Dominican operation. There was no indication that Kasten was involved, but it happened on his watch and was an effect of his decision to keep Jim Bowden as GM.

    Still, the guy knows the importance of international signings. Hopefully for the Dodgers, he should have learned the importance of keeping control of his team’s international operations.

  3. koufaxmitzvah - May 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    That $177,000 represents about 3 years of haircuts for McCourt. And, remember, it was old Frankie Sad Eyes who went bankrupt but rather the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Priorities, people.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      *wasn’t.

      • jimeejohnson - May 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Off topic: I saw Sandy Koufax pitch when I was very young. But I remember that he was just about unhittable! There hasn’t been anyone like him except maybe Nolan Ryan, but without Koufax’ control.

  4. lanflfan - May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Great to see, even if none of them make any noise.

    It’s also great to see another mistake from the Reign of McAsshat corrected.

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