Via Ken Rosenthal -
Hey, we all know the Yankees spend a ton of money. But the team has had unusual success of late signing inexpensive free agents out of Mexico. Infielder Ramiro Pena was one. Reliever Alfredo Aceves was another.
General manager Brian Cashman credits the team’s scout in Mexico, Lee Sigman, for the Yankees’ recent breakthroughs. Sigman also recommended reliever Joakim Soria when the Padres left him unprotected for the 2006 Rule 5 draft, but the Royals grabbed him first.
The Yankees, Cashman said, have two other Mexican players of note climbing through their minor-league system — Class AA first baseman Jorge Vazquez, 27, and Class A left-hander Manuel Banuelos, who, at 18, is one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League.
Vazquez obviously is rather old for a player at Class AA, but Aceves was 26 when he signed with the Yankees in March 2008. Aceves had spent one year in the Blue Jays’ organization before playing six in Mexico, and Cashman compares his fearlessness to El Duque’s.
“We don’t care how old you are if you can play,” Cashman said. “If we think you can help us, we’ll sign you.”
…We don’t care how old you are if you can play. If we think you can help us, we’ll sign you…
Quick…somebody hide the phone numbers of Julio Franco, Bárbaro Garbey, and Bert Campaneris from Cashman!