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    Orioles - Victor Victor Mesa

    It says that MLB is loosening restrictions for dealing with international players. Apparently starting in 2014 clubs were restricted from doing these things until the player turned 16. There is more detail regarding how many days players can spend at team facilities-but this is the gist of things: Among the major changes: Amateur players are allowed to enter team facilities at earlier dates, beginning 18 months prior to when they become eligible to sign. Teams can pay for travel expenses earlier in the process for international players, which in particular could have an impact on where and how clubs evaluate Venezuelan players.
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    Grade the Schoop Deal

    Even with that, it is still looking like 2017 was an outlier.
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    Grade the Schoop Deal

    I think if Schoop does not turn this season around, people are going to see 2017 for what it appears to be, an outlying season that is unlikely to be repeated.He may be no more than a 1.5-2.0 WAR player, which is not bad, but is not some star either.
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    Grade the Schoop Deal

    You really think that if Schoop has as bad of a rest of the season as he has so far that they will be able to get the same or more back for him in the off season?
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    2019 Draft Order Tracker

    I would be happy with someone like Buster Posey (#5 pick in same year Beckham was #1).
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    Orioles IFA Signings Thread

    They could sign 29 players for $300K each if they chose to. You can have 2-3 teams in the DSL if you need to. Saying that, I hope they do sign Mesa for a fairly reasonable amount and can sign several other quality prospects. You are probably not going to find very much for international players that are not in the top 30-50 in rankings on the internet. This is just because, the amount of money/time needed to research and give such information is not available to the internet site managers. The Orioles do have some good scouts in the DR. One such scout seems to be Calvin Maduro who the Orioles signed out of Aruba in 1991. He seems to have an inside track on the players available in Aruba/Curacao and has been involved with signing a few players from there for the Orioles. Hopefully the Orioles can grab a few prospects that he likes.
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    Orioles IFA Signings Thread

    There is a lot of quality to be found in the international market for baseball beyond just the top 30 to 50 players that are ranked by some internet site. I do not think that Jonathan Schoop was ranked in the top 50 when he signed with the Orioles. Same with Eduardo Rodriguez. If the Orioles signed more of these type players this year, would you not be happy? I am sure that there are many future Major Leaguers that have yet to be signed that are eligible to be signed during this international signing period. Jean Carlos Encarnacion, who the Orioles just got from the Braves, was signed when he was 18 years old (he could have signed when he was 16). The resources other teams have to spend is very restricted now, where it was not in the past (which makes International spending allotments worth more this year than ever). Therefore, there should still be a good bit of talent left. The Orioles can take a bigger bite of that apple that is left than anybody else can this year.
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    Baseball America: What the Scouts Want

    Analytics are largely worthless when it comes to evaluating high school prospects and completely worthless when evaluating international talent. It is even questionable how much they are worth at the College and Minor League levels.
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    Orioles IFA Signings Thread

    It is surprising how many people here seem to think that the Orioles have nothing at all set up in the Dominican. They have had DSL teams for quite a while. They used to have a presence in the old VSL (Venezuelan Summer League). I am sure the Orioles have an idea of who they will be able to sign. They will just be willing and able to sign better and more prospects than before. Hopefully they do not sign as many players that have been released by previous teams as they have before. I would love to see next years DSL team stocked with 16-18 year olds and no 20-22 year olds.
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    Orioles IFA Signings Thread

    I guess so!
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    Orioles IFA Signings Thread

    How can they have signed someone when they do not have a presence there? (sarcasm)
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    If Andy MacPhail was the O's GM....

    The Orioles would have to pay most of Davis' salary and then still pay some more in prospects to get rid of him. It would be more economical to just cut him.
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    If Andy MacPhail was the O's GM....

    I live in Atlanta, the talking heads on radio here are viewing Gausman as and innings eater and that is about it. If Atlanta was willing to part with their top prospects, then they could have gotten deGrom or someone like him. Gausman is no deGrom and will likely never be.
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    Tuesday's (7/31/18) Trade Deadline

    Diaz #2, Tate #5, Carroll #8, Kremer #10, Pop #14, Bannon #15, Rogers #29, Valera #41.