Yankees sign Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000

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Baseball America‘s international prospect guru Ben Badler reports that the Yankees have signed 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000.

Garcia has consistently posted huge batting averages in Cuba, but Badler notes that his raw tools aren’t considered particularly impressive and he stands just 5-foot-7 “so it’s hard for scouts to see him fitting in as a big league regular.”

Of course, considering that a $400,000 investment is basically the same as a third-round draft pick’s signing bonus it’s a pretty low-risk pickup for the Yankees and Badler also notes that Garcia’s “bat is advanced enough that he figures to reach Double-A or Triple-A quickly.”

If nothing else, adding “Adonis Garcia” to the farm system really boosts the organization’s collection of names.

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.