The Rays have officially signed number one international prospect Wander Samuel Franco. The deal is reportedly cashing in for $3.8M. Franco has two older brothers in the Royals and Astros systems, respectively. The freshly signed Ray is a switch hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic.
For more on Franco, check out Ben Bader’s video:
Thoughts on No. 1 international prospect Wander Franco (Rays) and why top international prospects are so valuable. pic.twitter.com/pObWGx7lsj— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) July 2, 2017
Here’s what else is happening in the American League East:
- Hot take alert: Logan Morrison is right about the Home Run Derby.
- Watch out AL East because Sandy Leon is starting to heat up.
- There are a lot of promising signs from Masahiro Tanaka’s past three starts.
- Are there teams that are actually scouting Marcus Stroman?
- There’s a pretty big, glaring problem with the idea of the Orioles rebuilding.
- Sorry to crush some dreams, but Sonny Gray isn’t a logical trade target for the Red Sox.
- Do you want a t-shirt to commemorate Clint Frazier’s rise to the Yankees roster? Of course you do. Get it right here.
- The Blue Jays have activated Miguel Montero (recently acquired from after a DFA from the Cubs, if you missed it) and have sent Luke Maile to the disabled list.
- Zach Britton is officially off of the disabled list and back with the Orioles.
- Looking back to last year, did the Red Sox win the Drew Pomeranz trade?
- How can the Yankees fix what ever is wrong with Dellin Betances?
- Curious if the Blue Jays have signed any international players? Don’t worry, here’s your answer.
- The futility of the Orioles minor league system has been on full display in 2017.