Sunday, February 10, 2008

Vegas gets Barcelo; Scranton nabs Mateo

The bidding wars for the two most recent international stars have come to an end. Super stud Ramiro Barcelo decided to sign with the Las Vegas Gamblers for a one-year minor league deal with a $14.5 million signing bonus. Barcelo could start in the majors right away but with a year or two under his belt in the minors, he will be an All-Star for years to come.

Shortstop Tomas Mateo finally decided to take a 5-year major league deal from the Scranton Coal Miners along with a $9.9 million signing bonus. It appeared that the bidding for Mateo was initially higher until Barcelo appeared on the radar, for whom teams may have shifted gears. Scranton’s lack of prospect money compared to other teams like Vegas and New York made the Coal Miners get crafty and eventually offer a big league deal to Mateo.

The 22-year-old Barcelo has yet to be assigned to a level at this time while the 19-year-old Mateo will begin his career with Scranton's HiA team.

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