The Yankees were awarded the rights to Ramon Ramirez from the Hiroshima Carp Japanese team. Their bid was $350K. Ramirez had no record with a 3.00 ERA in just two games. He is a 21-year-old Dominican.
My question is how does a guy named Ramirez end up getting sold by a Japanese team for that much money without having done anything? I can't imagine that Hiroshima was going to lose the rookie to free agency any time soon. Of course, he may have been trying to get out of his contract to play in the states and they were forced to do what they did.
It sounds like another Alfonso Soriano deal to me. And then what better place than the Yankees for him to end up. Now we'll just have to see if he can pitch.