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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Top international prospect SS Wander Franco to sign with Rays for $3.9 million

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The Rays have been linked to the top international prospect in baseball, SS Wander Franco, over the last couple months, and the details are starting to come together:

Franco, the nephew of major league SS Erick Aybar, is a huge signing for the small market Rays, something about which Baseball America marvelled:

Between Brendan McKay and Wander Franco, the Rays could add the top college prospect and the top international prospect to their farm system in less than a month.

International pools are larger than they used to be, so the Rays will not same the same 2-year ban they received for signing top international prospect Adrian Rondon a few years back. Players can begin signing on July 2.

You can read all about Franco and the signing bonus process here.


  • The Rays looked very 2016 in Pittsburgh:

Deadspin has more on the knee injury.

  • And the same goes for SS Trea Turner, who was acquired and the dealt by the Rays in the Souza deal:
  • An interesting interview with old friend Chris Gimenez
  • The Hardball Times on baseball demographics
  • And finally, Brendan McKay won the freaking Golden Spikes award!!! More on that on the site shortly.