Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Update: Dominican RHP Michael Iona

Dominican RHP Michael IonaFor those of you who don’t remember Michael Iona, he’s the 16-year-old Dominican right-hander who could fetch as much as $4 million during the international free agent period. Iona is considered the top talent in the 2008 class.

Conflicting reports from Baseball America and ESPN.
Baseball America (6/23):
“Scouts say the Yankees have also been heavily pursuing Inoa, who hails from Puerto Plata, but with one week until Inoa can officially sign, the A's appear to be the favorite for his services.”

ESPN (6/23):
“At least seven teams were ready to give Inoa a bonus of more than $3 million, but many of them, including the New York Yankees, pulled out of the race as the price for the young ace went up.”

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