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Yankees among teams scouting Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz

Feb 13, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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Who will man shortstop for the Yankees next year after Derek Jeter retires? Well, here’s one possibility.

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees were among the teams in attendance today to watch a showcase for Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz in Arizona. The Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mariners, Padres, and Giants were also on hand.

Diaz, 23, hit .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 313 plate appearances at-bats during his last season in Cuba from 2011-2012. There are questions about his defense, so his future might actually be at second base.

Diaz was originally expected to sign with a team last offseason, but he was suspended for a year for falsifying his age in an effort to get around MLB’s international spending cap and land a bigger contract. He’ll be eligible to sign next week, so we could see something come together pretty soon.

  1. mmeyer3387 - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    It will truly be interesting to see where he lands and how Diaz turns out. Clearly, he has some good teams looking at him.

    • spudchukar - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      I know the Yanks are planning on disregarding the international signing limits, but look for St. Louis to be significant players here too. They have saved a boat load of cash, and enter this year’s draft in an enviable financial position.

      Perhaps, Diaz doesn’t count towards international signing limits. Does anyone know? I cannot seem to locate the necessary info.

      • paperlions - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Don’t know Spud. He lied about his age to be older in order to avoid counting against it…now that he is actually as old as he lied to be last year, I would guess he doesn’t count against it….really, the suspension had the same effect as him waiting a year to sign so he had the age and experience to not count against the amateur spending cap.

      • spudchukar - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        I think I get it, thanks PL.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        @ spudchukar my friend, I think a more accurate way to describe it is: It’s been rumored the Yankees are planning to overspend their international budget and pay the penalties such as a 100% tax on the amount over spent and not being able to sign any single individual international draft pick (under 23) for the following 2 years for any more then $250K. .

        I hate to be a stickler but the Yankees have not confirmed that they are as you put it “planning on disregarding the international spending limits”. So we really don’t know anything for certain. Even if they do substantially overspend their budgeted amount (as rumored) they will not be the first team to do so both the Rangers and Cubs have done so by substantial amounts. Perhaps not as much as the Yankees (rumors have indicated they might) but both teams still blew past their budget limits.

      • spudchukar - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        UYF, my friend, you are mostly correct. It is true that both the Rangers and Cubs exceeded their limits and paid accordingly. However, that pales in comparison to what the Yankees intend. We are talking about a magnitude of ten.

        It is “legal”, and the penalties are stiff, but since they believe a draft will be instituted the two year penalty is worth it, and as it stands now they can “blow up the limits” a quote that was attributed to them by sources.

        It has become common place in today’s society, to disregard rules and pay the penalty, cause it is “prudent” to do so. Personally, I find it deplorable. There is a significant difference between, doing what one “can”, and doing what one “should”. Kinda hard to be proud of doing what one “can”. I remember when pride was something the Yankees could crow about. I remember a movie that had something about pride and the Yankees, but in today’s world that is considered folly, and that is why I find it so much more difficult to be a New York fan today.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 AM

        @ spudchukar. again I’ll say it just to correct a misconception you seem to be stuck on. We don’t know the Yankees “intend” to do anything other that what many teams have done with international amateur draft. At this point it is all speculation and supposition.

        Another correction if you don’t mind your reference to “pride and the Yankees” I think that reference was meant to be “Pride of the Yankees” a movie clearly meant to focus on the Yankees Great Lou Gehrig.

        Let’s face it baseball is a business the owners treat it like a business the players and MLBPA treat it like a business and advertisers treat it like a business and as in any business what is allowed is done. Unlike you I don’t think there is a significant difference between what one “can” do and what one “should” do as long as both within the rules. And that’s what we are talking about, what if anything the Yankees ultimately wind up doing with the international amateur draft this year will be within the rules. Just as it was when the Rangers and Cubs did their thing. The difference as I see (and this isn’t meant for you) is because the “Evil Empire” or “Great Satan” is doing it or may do it somehow it has more significance and it really doesn’t. Again just my opinion if you frown upon a team overspending their limit you have to frown upon all teams that overspend whether it’s by $1 or $10MM.

        Have a good day.

  2. happytwinsfan - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    I would dance and be merry
    Life would be a ding-a-derry
    if we only had a shortstop

  3. mmeyer3387 - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    No excuse for his deeds. He was clearly wrong for lying about his age. However, he comes from a very poor country and had to escape Castro’s power grip. He may be ignorant or ill prepared to handle the lime light and money. His mistakes have already cost him more money than if every person he ever knew in Cuba’s with all their incomes combined. I just hope he has gotten smart and gets good people around him or bad things can happen.

    • spudchukar - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      At least we know he is healthy, you know, coming from Cuba and all.

    • paperlions - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM

      Right. Because MLB and the MLBPA are completely justified in their deeds. Using their monopoly to hold down the salaries of professional players from other countries. I am sure you’d be totally cool with it if in your profession, all of the companies and the union (if any) negotiated a cap on your earning potential regardless of how good you were and the demand for your services.

  4. larrymahnken - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    So there’s questions about his defense at shortstop…

    The heir to Jeter has been found!

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Why do they mention the jays were there, I mean like they are gonna actually sign someone that will cost some money? Just stop even mentioning them already we all know they are on baseball welfare this year

  6. tuucamaron - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Let’s get him, why not, but he can’t get a fast car here in America, he will have to buy a geo or a hybrid

  7. onbucky96 - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Cue the Imperial March…

  8. onbucky96 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Wow. What agent would ever let a client lie about his age only to make more money? Mr. Boras, speak up anytime you greasy agent…

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