Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Yankees Raid the IBL

The Yankees have announced two signings from the Israeli Baseball League: a 23 year-old Australian outfielder named Jason Rees, who hit .362 with 17 homers and 52 RBIs in the short IBL season, and a 28 year-old Dominican catcher named Eliado Rodriguez, who hit .461.

Um, that's great and everything, but given that former big leaguer Ken Holtzman -- who managed one of the IBL teams this year before resigning in disgust -- is on record as saying that the even the best players in the IBL's inaugural season weren't good enough to make semi-pro teams in the U.S., I wouldn't exactly be penciling in Rees and Rodriguez as the heir apparents to Damon and Posada.

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