Yanks, No. 9-rated int'l prospect agree to deal

After adding to bonus pool via trade, NY reaches terms with righty Osiel Rodriguez

July 29th, 2018

NEW YORK -- Just one day after acquiring $1 million in international bonus pool money from the Cardinals along with first baseman in exchange for and , the Yankees continued to prepare for the international market.
New York traded Minor League left-hander Caleb Frare to the White Sox on Sunday in exchange for $1.5 million in bonus pool money, and later on Sunday, the Yankees agreed to terms with right-hander Osiel Rodriguez, sources told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The deal for Rodriguez, No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list, is for $600,000, according to Sanchez. The Yankees, who haven't confirmed the deal, remain active on the international market and continue to target other prospects.
Rodriguez, 16, is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander from Cuba who has been clocked at 97 mph when throwing his fastball, and the pitch usually hovers in the low to mid-90s. According to MLB Pipeline, Rodriguez is a strike-thrower who "changes his arm slot and throws several different pitches at different angles, which has proven to be both a blessing and a curse as far as scouts are concerned."
The Yankees have expressed interest and could still be in play for right-hander Sandy Gaston, ranked No. 14. He was previously linked to the Marlins. Gaston, 16, is from Matanzas, Cuba, and has also been clocked at 97 mph. MLB Pipeline says his velocity is "rare in any market and not surprisingly, some scouts wonder if he will be able to command the high velocity on a consistent basis," but the report also states that his skill is "extraordinary, and Gaston is the type of pitcher any club would like to put in its system."
Frare, 25, spent the majority of his season with Double-A Trenton, with one game in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Overall, he was 4-1 with a 0.81 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 32 total Minor League games. Frare, an 11th-round selection in the 2012 Draft, has a 2.37 ERA and 269 strikeouts over 235 career innings in the Yankees' farm system.
Frazier update
Manager Aaron Boone said that is in Tampa, Fla., waiting for his concussion symptoms to subside.
"I haven't gotten a report today, but I know two days ago he was feeling better, yesterday not as good," Boone said. "So we're just going to kind of listen to him and listen to the body and make our best medical evaluations that we can to hopefully get him back in the mix, because obviously he's someone we could really use right now."
This date in Yankees history
July 29, 1951: Before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 70,972, the Yankees swept the White Sox in a doubleheader, 8-3 and 2-0. Joe DiMaggio hit two homers off Lou Kretlow in the opener, and Bob Kuzava threw a shutout, outdueling Saul Rogovin to win Game 2.