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Mets sign 3 teenage SS from international free-agent class

The Mets have agreed to a $1 million deal with 15-year-old, free-agent Venezuelan SS Kenny Hernandez, according to a source (Sanchez MLB, July 2).

Hernandez could be the steal of the class based on his swing alone, one scout told MLB.com (MLB, July 2).

Earlier in the day, the Mets announced that they also signed 16-year-old, Venezuelan free-agent shortstops Yoel Romero (Mets, July 2) and Edgardo Fermin (Mets, July 2).

MLB’s international free agent signing period began this morning and ends June 15, 2015, during which age-eligible amateur players outside of the United States and Canada can sign contracts with any Major League club >> Read more details and rules at MLB Trade Rumors.

According to minor league reporter Ben Badler, the Mets will likely spend most of their money on the youngest players available, such as Hernandez and Mexican C Juan Uriarte and LHP Daniel Guzman and OF Tulio Garcia (Baseball America, July 2).




83 comments
bulldurham
bulldurham

If you read the bios on the mlb.com site, nearly every prospect in the top 20 has "The Yankees are considered the favorite to ink the player to a deal."


What a joke.  Yankees throw crazy money at every top prospect under the sun EVERY year from this international group, sign them, trade them on hype for another mega-million allstar on the mlb level.  Then the "prospect" never reaches anything near mlb talent.

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

Introducing your starting shortstop for your 2020 New York Mets!

Or potential trade bait!

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

This should be fun, when will they start seeing playing time. What's happening with the Cuban left fielder?

Frank Garza
Frank Garza

Maybe we should sign them while they are still in the womb. Pipeline for the future baby!

jrb74
jrb74

Get them cheap and indoctrinate them at a young age in Sandy's school of hunting strikes!  Before you know it, they'll be stranding runners on third with no outs just like our current major league roster. 

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

Mets sign 3 year old Julio Estevez. They like the way he tugs on his bib and throws food on the floor. Looks like a developing arm. Offered him a $2million contract and sealed it with Julio's drool.


Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Why didn't he just sign some SHortstops off a college girls softball team.

They'd be better than 16 year old snot-nosed kids

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

At my age, I guess I'll never see a winning met team again

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

It's amazing that people can be negative about these moves, but it's a commentary on the Mets in general.  It would be very negative if Mets' brass (brass is kinda expensive, we should probably start calling it Mets' aluminum), couldnt spend the money on these kids.  It's just so frustrating at the Major League level that this team literally cant do a thing right in our eyes and that is totally fair. 

Doubleday
Doubleday

This is Sandy's idea of addressing the SS situation. See, he saved millions on waiting until the international free agent period, and not wasting Fred's money on an established SS.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Perfect. We needed some fresh young middle infielders to bad mouth and mess up their development progress.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Hey Sandy..where the F are you getting $1Mil to throw at this kid anyway?

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

Jose Abreu was too big a risk, but let's throw a million at a kid who can't even see a R rated movie yet.

mi
mi

this wil be the excuse to have tejada here till hes 30

jrb74
jrb74

2022 baby--our year!  I'm telling you, our year!  86-76!

Steve C Schumacher
Steve C Schumacher

I think Met fans would like to see them sign an impact player who can contribute now and not at the start of the next decade.

hankincolo
hankincolo

At the pace the Mets are going, our beloved team is turning into the Pirates before they finally broke through after 20 years and made it to the playoffs.

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

Welcome, Romero, to the Mets - the organization that advances players from AAA to the big league club, only to have them sit on the bench behind lesser players, before being sent back down again.


#Terryisnotgoodwithyoungplayers

ken1010
ken1010

Hello, Mr Romero and Mr Fermin, welcome to the Mets.  I hope you make it to the major leagues, become an all-star, and that we can root for you for many years.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

So we are right on target to be competitive in 2020. Hey, why not pull a Joe Nuxhall and bring the kid up NOW? On a related note: Ruben Tejada is would hardly rate as an elite shortstop but Stephen Drew is really tearing it up with the Red Sox.

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

CF? We need LF and RF bc Young sucks and Grandy is older

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

Why not just sign the best Venezuelan Little League teams and be done with it? No problem with the signings but I really want to see how they handle the Cubans that will become available. Good chance that Yoan Moncada is closer to MLB level than any of these guys will ever be.


My biggest questions, though, are who's out there that can contribute today or next year and are the Mets going to sign them or even seriously bid on any of them? 

tullydew
tullydew

Can someone explain to me why everyone is so negative about these signing? Are the Mets supposed to not sign any of these players b/c they won't help the team for 4-7 years?

All they are doing is collecting assets like all other teams. Some of the guys will be busts, some will be on this team in 5-7 years and some could be used as trade chips in the next few years.

I have no problem w/ anyone bashing the current team, players, coach or GM (I do it as much as anyone) but that has nothing to do w/ the team building their future w/ these signings.

tk2120
tk2120

2021 here we come!!!!!

upstaphan
upstaphan

Wake me up again in 8 years when this team has a chance of being relevant again

rebot4
rebot4

@jrb74 Doesn't the current major league roster consist of mostly Omar's players?


rebot4
rebot4

@Jayson Love Mets fans would be pissed if one of these guys had gone elsewhere and turned into a star a few years from now. It would be "Why didn't they spend the money?!" Now the response is "Why are they spending money on these guys??" 

Can you imagine if they'd signed Stephen Drew to placate everyone and he hit HERE what he's hitting down in Boston? They'd blame the Mets for signing him and for "destroying Ruben Tejada's confidence". They can't win no matter what they do. On or off the field. That's why I respect to a certain degree that Sandy is like "whatever " to everyone and keeps sticking to his plan (whatever it may be). 

Btw, the same people who killed Sandy for drafting Plawecki and Nimmo are wishing that the Mets would bring them to the majors already. Especially Plawecki when Darnuad wasn't hitting. Smdh...

metsfanman
metsfanman

@Ed Renner I highly doubt that the major leagues could find Americans to replace all the international talent you propose to get rid of who are as good as: Miguel Cabrera, Jose Fernandez, Jose Abreu, etc... What would happen under your ludicrous proposal is that American players who are not quite good enough to stick on a major league roster would fill spots currently filled by international players. Not sure why it would be a good thing to have international stars (and marginal players) replaced with the likes of Andrew Brown and Josh Satin.

mingo
mingo

@Ed Renner  Aren't you the brave little rednecky guy speaking your mind freely on the internet?

Are we supposed to fear you or respect you for this?

nwmets
nwmets

@Ed Renner Yes, please do that. Start signing players based on their nationality, not their talent! Gosh, what *are* these guys thinking? Talent is so overrated...

ericloz
ericloz

@Ed Renner  It did go to Americans. The last time I checked, Venezuela was in America. South America, but American none the less. But, then I wouldn't expect you to understand.

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

@Ed Renner being Stupid is like being Dead. You don't know it or suffer...only those around you do.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Wilmer was 16 when he signed, and they won't let him out of AAA

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Kenneth Meltsner  To quote on of my friend's facebook statuses from the other day (he's a Red Sox fan):

Pretty sure if you no-hit a team with Stephen Drew in the lineup it's cheating.

ken1010
ken1010

@tullydew I think we'd rather see some signs of aggressiveness here.  If the Yankees are rumored to be signing 10 of the top 30, then they have a good chance of getting a major leaguer or two out of this.  If we are signing the lower level cheaper people, we are less likely to benefit from it.

Yes, as Lindro says, it's the frustration, plus the lack of faith in the management.

That said, I hope these guys succeed.

lindro88
lindro88

@tullydew  It's just frustration.  Everything positive is always about things that won't help for years.

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

@Doubleday  Maybe Wilmer has found a way to beat the casinos - and he's playing with Wilpon money.  Maybe that's why they keep him there!

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@RisingAppleBlog @AVSNY @tpgMets Having to get a certain score on an IQ test before being able to make a post would certainly help too.