Anthoplous Caps Off-Season with Hechevarria

The Toronto Blue Jays have apparently come to a deal with Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechevarria.  The 19-year-old will sign a 4-year, $10 million contract to play for the Jays.

The signing caps an off-season for the new Jays GM that has been relatively impressive for someone in his first few months in the position.  With J.P. Ricciardi’s departure, Alex was given the position and had to immediately start working on a deal to trade ace pitcher Roy Halladay since it was obvious the team wasn’t going to be able to retain him after his current contract expired.  In his first trade, and possibly one of the biggest he’ll pull off, Anthopoulos brought back a few prospects that significantly improved the team’s farm system.

John Sickels ranked the prospects in the Jays’ minor league farm system in December.  His ranking included the players that the Jays received from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade.  The end result was:

1. Brett Wallace – Top overall prospect in the system was a result of flipping Michael Taylor (obtained in the Halladay deal) to Oakland for Wallace.

3. Kyle Drabeck – The team’s third best prospect.  Drabeck profiles as a #2 or #3 starter.

4. Travis d’Arnaud – Forth best prospect.  A catcher that could be the team’s “catcher of the future” if he hits better.  Better than J.P. Arencibia.

I’m no prospect maven, but putting down $10 million on Hechevarria probably means that he’s good enough to at least be in the team’s top 10, I’d even rank him in the top 5.

In a short period of time Alex has rebuilt the farm system with a decent amount of talent.  He’ll need a good farm system to compete in the AL East and he’s off to a good start.

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