July 2 prospect Yirver Gilbert Lara and Brewers?

There are reports that the Brewers have a deal in place with July 2 infield prospect Yirver Gilbert Lara for $3.2 million. I spoke with Lara’s trainer Jaime Ramos and he said the Brewers, Royals, Yankees and Twins are among the teams competing for his player but he does not have a deal in place.

“I read that (about Milwaukee) but there is nothing concrete and there are still a lot of teams interested in him,” Ramos said from the Dominican Republic. “We still have to go to the United States and visit some teams.  I don’t have 100-percent agreement with anyone. Maybe in March or April, I’ll make a deal.”

Like last year, the amount of money clubs will be allowed to spend on international prospects this year on July 2 will be based largely on their records last season. Last summer, the pools for each team ranged from an estimated $4.9 million (for the lowest winning percentage) to $1.8 million (for the highest winning percentage). Like last year, clubs will be allowed to trade pool money.

Here are the guidelines for signing a prospect: A 16-year-old international player can sign during the period that extends from July 2 through June 15 of next year if the prospect turns 17 before Sept. 1 of this year or by the completion of his first Minor League season. Additionally, any prospect that is already 17 or older and has not previously signed a Major or Minor League contract, resides outside the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within the previous year is eligible to sign during the period.


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