The international-pool is drying up quickly and the Yankees are again without luck.
On Friday the Minnesota Twins signed ex Atlanta Braves prospect Yunior Severino to a $2.5 million dollar bonus contract, informed Jesse Sánchez of MLB.com.
The deal is pending a physical, mentioned Sánchez.
Sánchez had reported hours before that Severino was working out in front of close to 200 scouts form almost every team in the Big Leagues at the Giants Academy in the Dominican Republic.
Former Braves prospect Yunior Severino worked out in front of close to 200 scouts from almost every team at the @SFGiants academy on Friday morning in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Many of the former Atlanta prospects have signed with new clubs. @MLBPipeline pic.twitter.com/BxLbfuPgfY— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) 8 de diciembre de 2017
The Yankees were reported, by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, to be paying strong attention to the Dominican prospect and most thought he would sign with the Bronx team after the Shohei Ohtani news that he wasn't going to sign with the Yankees.
Severino is an 18-year-old second baseman and DH, who in 2017 .270 with 3 home runs and 29 runs batted in between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League.
This is what Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs had to say on the Dominican:
Signed for $1.9 million out of the Dominican Republic, Severino is a switch-hitting middle infielder with surprising power for his size. Scouts think his long-term defensive home is second base and are skeptical about his long-term ability to make contact. He takes big, violent swings but still hit .286/.345/.444 in the GCL this year.
The Yankees have also been mentioned to be talking to Cuban outfielder Juan Pablo Martínez, who held his own showcase today, informed Sánchez.
Top Cuban OF prospect Julio Pablo Martinez had an impressive workout in front of scouts this morning at the @Dodgers complex in Guerra, DR. He ran the 60 in 6.3 seconds and home-to-first at 3.75 seconds. Rangers and Yankees among those in attendance.@MLBPipeline pic.twitter.com/Z7tbYceYAu— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) 8 de diciembre de 2017
Martínez could end up being the Yankees prized signing the international market, but they will have strong competition from all the teams ousted by Ohtani.
Mariners and Rangers will also have top dollar, $3.5 million, to offer the Cuban who ran a 3.75 from home to first.
All three teams must spend their money by June 15th.