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Miguel Sano comes to agreement with Twins

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Agent Rob Plummer has confirmed that his client, Dominican shortstop Miguel Sano, has come to terms on an agreement with the Minnesota Twins.

Multiple sources confirmed that Sano will sign for a $3.15 million bonus. The signing is expected to take place in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. According to GM Neal Huntington, the Pirates were never asked if they would meet such an offer.

“[Sano] asked me, ‘What team, what team?’” Plummer said on Tuesday. “I told him the Twins. He said, ‘Oh my God, Oh my God! My dream finally come true.’ With a huge smile. It was like the weight of the world was lifted from his shoulders.

“It’s my job to take the weight off of Miguel’s shoulders. I was there to reassure Miguel he was going to sign and he was going to get the most money of anyone this year. [I've] been doing this for 15 years and Miguel is one of the best players I’ve seen. And he’s a tremendous  human being. He just loves baseball. He said, ‘I just want to sign. I don’t care for how much.’ I told him, ‘You will later.’” 

Through much of the summer, the Pirates were believed to be frontrunners in the bidding for the Dominican infielder. They were the first club to make him an offer, doing so when the international signing period opened on July 2.

Knowing that other team’s were skeptical of Sano’s age — which he reported as 16 — Plummer wanted to wait until after Major League Baseball completed its investigation of Sano’s age and identity before accepting any offer, hopeful that such confirmation would increase the number of team’s interested. In late July, MLB confirmed Sano’s identity, but the results on his age were inconclusive.

That didn’t stop the Pirates from continuing to try and sign Sano. The organization made him a second offer after the investigation’s completion. That offer, too, was rejected by Plummer and Sano.

Huntington, in responding to reports that Sano will sign with the Twins, had this to say about the contentious negotiation process between the two sides: 

“While I am uncomfortable commenting on a transaction that at this point is unofficial, I will confirm we were aggressive in our attempts to sign Miguel Sano. We made an aggressive offer on July 2, but were told by the agent that they were not prepared to negotiate at that time.  Per our standard practice, we remained in contact with the player and the agent throughout the summer. In an effort to expedite the process, we made a second offer of significantly higher dollars. We were again told by the agent that he was not prepared to commence negotiations, but we left those conversations with a clear understanding that the agent would contact the Pirates when he was prepared to begin negotiations.  Miguel Sano has apparently agreed to terms with another organization without his agent engaging the Pirates in legitimate negotiations. While we are disappointed in the process and outcome, we wish Miguel nothing but success in his future.”

All along Plummer said that he wanted his client to receive the largest bonus offered to a Latin American player this year. He acheived that in this deal with Minnesota.

“It was a long process because of what was happening with the investigation,” Plummer said. “The Twins were really patient. I communicated with [vice president of player personnel for the Twins] Mike Radcliff weekly through the process. Once he was cleared to sign with a team, I spoke with Mike. Once he got the OK for the money with the owner — they had a four-hour meeting — we negotiated for 15 minutes on the phone. We did a deal without even having a second phone call. The major reason it happened like that is I’ve known Mike for something like 14 years. We trust each other.

“Back in 1997, I had a workout for one of my players in Ft. Myers. We didn’t have enough people to shag balls. Radcliff and then-GM Terry Ryan went and picked up baseballs with me then. Ever since that day, I have so much respect for those two individuals. I think I put Miguel in good hands with the Twins. I totally trust the Twins.”

Radcliff used to serve as the Twins’ scouting director.

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Latest on Miguel Sano

Based on the emails that I get, I know a number of you have followed what has turned out to be the saga of Dominican shortstop Miguel Sano.

If you’re curious about where the two sides lie, here is your update courtesy of MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo.

Two things especially stand out to me: 1) The Pirates’ initial offer, which so far is the only offer Sano has received, has been pulled off the table. 2) This is a matter that doesn’t look to be settled anytime soon.

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MLB investigation on Sano not yet over

Major League Baseball has informed teams that its investigation on the age of prized Dominican shortstop Miguel Angel Sano will not be completed until the middle of next week at the earliest, an industry source confirmed late on Saturday.

The source said that teams were informed of this timetable by MLB on Friday. This refutes a report published earlier on Saturday, which cited a source from the Dominican Republic saying that MLB’s investigation had already been completed.

MLB has had been working for weeks now to confirm that Sano is 16 and therefore eligible to sign as an international free agent with any interested club. The Pirates have already completed their own investigation of Sano’s age and were confident enough in their independent findings to make an initial offer to him back on July 2, the first date of the international signing period. The Pirates have not followed that first offer up with any additional one.

Once MLB completes its investigation, other teams are expected to jump into the bidding for Sano, which explains why he has held off from accepting any early offer just yet. The Orioles reportedly have heavy interest in the teenage shortstop, while other reports have had the Twins and Rangers also listed among those interested.

International signing period opens

Today marks the beginning of the international signing period as well, something that didn’t really get much press until the last few years. Now you’d get the impression that it’s covered as deeply as the First-Year Player Draft. For those who may have missed it last night, here are all the ins and outs of this signing period as it concerns the Pirates.

One point to reemphasize — the Pirates will again have a signing bonus budget of $2 million. However, if they make offers to players commanding bonuses in the high six-figure or seven-figure amounts (i.e. Miguel Sano), that won’t come out of that $2 million. It would come with the approval of owner Bob Nutting, who would make extra money available as necessary. As players sign — and yes, many of them have already come to handshake agreements — I’ll pass along that information.

UPDATE 12 pm: The Pirates have announced that they have signed three Taiwanese players: outfielder Ping-Hung Chi, 18; RHP Sheng-Cin Hong, 18; and 1B Chih–Wei Hsu, 17.

Also, don’t expect many other names to come out today. As GM Neal Huntington just emphasized to me again, July 2 is way over-hyped. It’s not like the amateur Draft here where there is the day. It likely won’t be for a few days, and in some cases weeks, before other signings are made official and announced.

UPDATE 12:10 pm: The Pirates have not made an offer to Miguel Sano, a source has confirmed. Sano is sure to demand a significant seven-figure bonus, though it’s unclear how high a bonus other teams will be willing to offer. The 16-year-old infielder from the Dominican Republic is considered by many to be the top talent available in this year’s international pool.

UPDATE 2 pm: The latest word is that the Pirates are currently “working through things” with Sano, a source says, which very well could mean an offer has been made to Sano. It’s unclear still, though, what the Pirates’ initial offer would be. Remember, too, that this is not a signing that is expected to happen on Thursday, regardless of what teams are involved.    

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