Report: Yankees Have Reached Agreements With Three International Players

Earlier this year, Kiley McDaniel of revealed the Yankees' plans to make a big push in the international market and now Andy Martino of the New York Daily News is reporting that they have reached verbal agreements for high bonuses with three top players from the Dominican Republic ahead of the July 2 signing date when all of the deals can be finalized: Third baseman Dermis Garcia for approximately $3.6 million; Nelson Gomez, who is also a third baseman, for approximately $2.8 million; and Shortstop Christopher Torres for approximately $2.6 million. The story in the Daily News also reports that the Yankees' total allotment this year is only about $2 million which they look to exceed by at least $13M with some of the speculation is putting that number in the $15-18M range. It was originally speculated that Garcia would get $3M and Torres would sign for only $1M. By going over the allotment number for 2014 by so much, the Yankees will only be allowed to spend $250K per player next year as punishment but sources say the team is willing to make that sacrifice this year so they can build up their talent-depleted farm system and add some much-needed high-end talent from Latin America.