With the recent scandal surrounding the Atlanta Braves and their illegally signing international free-agents could the Red Sox be ready to pounce on some of them?
MLB recently handed down their punishments for the Braves illegally signing 12 players to international contracts
The list includes top international prospect infielder Kevin Maitan, as well as catcher Abrahan Gutierrez, SS Yunior Severino, RHP Juan Contreras, SS Livan Soto, RHP Yefri Del Rosario, SS Yenci Pena, RHP Guillermo Zuniga, Yenci Pena, Juan Carlos Negret, OF Antonio Sucre, Brandol Mezquita, Angel Rojas, and Korean player Ji-Hwan Bae.
Kansas City Royals have signed SP, Yefi Del Rosario.
Maitan may be the most intriguing prospect, as he’s considered to be the best Venezuelan prospect since Miguel Cabrera.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lecugb4HscE]
During the 2015- 2016 international signing period the Red Sox signed 5 players, only to lose the rights to them after it was discovered that they were signing players to package deals.
The Red Sox were banned from signing any player on the international market for more than one full season and could only sign players for less than $300,000 for a total year.
The punishment of the Braves is much more severe, as it will cost all 12 of the players they had signed. In addition, Braves former GM John Coppolella, received a lifetime ban.
With the Red Sox being ruled out of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, they won’t have to worry about losing their international capital.
The list of prospects is very young and extremely talented, the Red Sox would be wise to bolster their farm system by adding at least one of these highly talented prospects.