Hechevarria To Sign With Blue Jays

10:54pm: A source confirmed that Hechevarria has agreed to a $10MM contract with Toronto, tweets Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated.  The deal is for four years, a source tells Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald (via Twitter).

3:22pm: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos would neither confirm or deny the report, tweets Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

2:34pm: Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria is close to signing a $10MM deal with the Blue Jays, writes George King III of the New York Post.  The 19-year-old is close to choosing Toronto over the Yankees because he was leery of Derek Jeter's impending extension which would keep him at short for the foreseeable future.  King infers that the Yankees were willing to spend similar money to land him.

Just over a week ago, Hechevarria was "unblocked" by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, giving him the freedom to sign with any team.  If the Toronto deal comes to fruition, Hechevarria's contract will top the $8.2MM given to Jose Iglesias by the Red Sox last July.


71 Responses to Hechevarria To Sign With Blue Jays Leave a Reply

  1. Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

    I like this signing very much. It’s good to see the Jays put some money down on a guy like Hechevarria, who they sorely need at shortstop in the near future.

    Good player, good signing, good deal.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Completely agree. Hopefully this will bring some more fans to the Ballpark. This could only means good things for the Blue Jays.

      As you said, Good Signing…

      • Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

        We’ll know if he’s putting butts in seats or not if he’s shilling for McCain Fruit Punch.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          I think if he plays Baseball as good as he can Rogers Centre will be filled. I’m not sure if its possible for the Rogers Centre to be filled but he’ll still do it.

          • shockey12 5 years ago

            I’m guessing you havnt seen video from the early 90’s when the stadium was packed every game and the jays were setting attendance records

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Obviously. But now I mean.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Obviously. But now I mean.

          • shockey12 5 years ago

            I’m guessing you havnt seen video from the early 90’s when the stadium was packed every game and the jays were setting attendance records

        • Guest 5 years ago

          I think if he plays Baseball as good as he can Rogers Centre will be filled. I’m not sure if its possible for the Rogers Centre to be filled but he’ll still do it.

      • Roll Fizzlebeef 5 years ago

        We’ll know if he’s putting butts in seats or not if he’s shilling for McCain Fruit Punch.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Completely agree. Hopefully this will bring some more fans to the Ballpark. This could only means good things for the Blue Jays.

      As you said, Good Signing…

  2. Andy Mc 5 years ago

    hope it happens

    • TimM1119 5 years ago

      Anybody know the ETA of this kid? I see that hes 21, but not too many Cubans have been able to hit right away in the majors(alexei ramirez being the only 1 that comes to mind), so is he destined for a few years in the minors? Or is he capable of hitting MLB pitching right away?

      • dizzle4 5 years ago

        I can’t tell you for sure obviously, but I’d certainly expect at least some time in the minors. I’d be surprised if we see him at all this year. Can’t imagine him opening the season higher than double A, he is pretty young. If we use Jose Iglesias, the Red Sox comparable SS prospect, as a comparison, 2012 is probably a good ETA, which is perfect for the Jays and their plans.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          That really is the perfect comparison. I could also compare them talent wise as well.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          That really is the perfect comparison. I could also compare them talent wise as well.

  3. Jonathan Gallo 5 years ago

    Enjoy always finishing in third or fourth.
    The Yankees really need some SS prospects.

    • Andy Mc 5 years ago

      huh?

      • Jonathan Gallo 5 years ago

        The AL East is a tough division, so why wouldn’t you want to play for a perennial WS contender.
        It’s not like the guy is MLB ready yet either.

        • Andy Mc 5 years ago

          see you soon, bud.

        • I love the arrogance of a Yankee fan. If they sign Hechevarria, he’s the next Jeter. If they don’t, he sucks and isn’t ready to play anyways. Get over yourself, please.

        • Zack23 5 years ago

          “so why wouldn’t you want to play for a perennial WS contender.”

          Because with Toronto he would be up quicker, meaning he’ll get to arbitration quicker, meaning he’ll get paid quicker. It’s not that hard to figure out, he (and almost every other prospect) wants to take the path that gets him to the majors the fastest.
          The only ones who dont are probably starters who get turned into relievers to help the club, because obviously it hurts their future pay.

        • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

          Sounds like a Yankee fan who can’t deal with defeat, wether if it’s in games or sweepstakes for a player. Perennial WS team? What happened 2 years ago?

          Words can’t describe how bad the Jays need this signing.

    • Learn to troll better.

  4. Shoeless_Joe 5 years ago

    Its good to finally see the Jays are serious about beefing up the farm system. The Jays need a dynamite SS prospect over more pitching anyways, so this makes up for not signing Chapman.

    From what I’ve read Hechevarria is a better fielder then Igelsias, hits for more power, but
    hit for a lower average. On the Cuban junior team he forced Iglesias to move to secound so he could play short.

    This move also affects dealings with Cubs/Twins about Frasor as the farm no longer needs a SS (cubs had a ton to offer besides Castro). CF/3rd is now the biggest areas of weakness.

    • dizzle4 5 years ago

      Well, in a sense, but I wouldn’t go that far. We’re only talking about prospects here, who knows how they turn out. Plus, if we’ve learned anything from chasing SS prospects, you know teams can really overpay for them, so there’s great value in them.

  5. theslave 5 years ago

    A great move for the Jays if true and a table setter for hopefully more to come by Anthopoulos.

    I’m excited to be a Jays fan and Anthopoulos is one of the reasons why!

    Baseball season is starting and can’t wait for it.

  6. BentoBox 5 years ago

    Is he 19 or 21 ?
    Oh well, I was hoping for the Yankees to sign him. The Iglesias-Hechevarria debate would`ve been amusing.
    Good signing for the Jays though.

  7. Excellent signing by the Jays if this pans out. Really glad to see AA involved in these kind of moves. Not to beat a dead horse but JP would have never made this kind of ballsy move.

  8. wcg1380 5 years ago

    Dayton Moore and the Royals are going to swoop in and top the Blue Jays offer… or so I hope

  9. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    i wonder if anthoupolos felt pressured to increase his bid because the yankees were involved. curious to know how much he would be worth if the big market guys weren’t in it..probably like 5 or 6 mil

    • crunchy1 5 years ago

      I’m not so sure. Iglesias got $8m and Hechevarria is considered by many to be the better prospect. He has more pop in his bat and he’s good enough defensively to have moved Iglesias to 2b when they were on the same team. That says a lot about Hechevarria when you consider that Iglesias is among the best defensive SS prospect in the game right now.

  10. crashcameron 5 years ago

    c’mon, it’s JP Ricciardi — there’s a few more beatings before that horse is completely dead

    JP did some good things for the Jays, especially with pitching.
    but, yeah, he buried this franchise deep in some doodoo (or, dodo, maybe!) contracts.

    Jays def. need an SS for the future and this kid will be able to buy Havanas at the cigar shops in downtown Toronto, but these Cuban players are very much a dice roll

  11. I seriously hope the Jays sign this guy. NOT because I firmly believe he’s a long term answer at short (nobody knows this answer), but because the Jays then won’t waste their 1st round this year on an SS. Most of the SS prospects in this draft aren’t projected to stick at short and project more as 1B prospects… which the Jays need about as much as a hole in the head.

    Anthopolous MUST go best player available at #11 and will likely find himself with one, maybe two, of the top-10 prospects fall to #11. Would be nice to see The Jays snag one of the top position players and not a pitcher. Bryce Bentz or Austin Wilson would be great additions.

    • TheBunk 5 years ago

      Manny Machado doesn’t project to have to move to 1B but yeah and he seems like a guy the Jays will target if he’s still around at 11.

  12. shockey12 5 years ago

    Cuban players may be a dice roll but when a team pays $10 million for a guy they probably have a good idea of what they’re getting

    • markjsunz 5 years ago

      Maybe not, scouts are wrong on these blue chip prospects most of the time. We will see what happens when a big league curvball is pitched to him.

  13. penpaper 5 years ago

    They must be low on Justin Jackson.

    • Pretty sure Gustavio Pierre has surpassed Jackson on the Jays SS depth chart by now. (Man the SS depth chart for the Jays is SUPER SAD though).

      • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

        Pretty much every single SS prospect the Jays have is a sleeper.. until perhaps now.

  14. baseballz 5 years ago

    Im hoping the Jays go for Zack Cox 3B since Kevin Ahrens really doesn’t seem to be doing anything anymore. That is, of course, if Cox can stay at 3rd. Barring that i would love for the Jays to go for pitching and not any of those SS guys people have been predicting.

  15. Guest 5 years ago

    I wonder if this comes out of the 16 mil they planned on using on the draft?

  16. Probably not… Jays have an abundance of freed-up cash right now. They had 24$ to blow on Chapman remember.

  17. jjippidy 5 years ago

    @ pastlives

    It definitely does not come from the draft moneys.

    The organization would be crucified if they went from $16 million in the draft war chest to $6 million.

    With 9 picks in the first 3 rounds, $6 million would mean we’d again not sign a significant portion of or drafts or we’d have to draft poorer quality players hoping to sign them at a discounted slot price.

    Either two of those moves are beyond terrible and beyong happening.

    Jays got money, don’t let anybody try to fool you on that.

    They turned $2 million in profit in ’08 with a $100 million dollar payroll (well $99mill), they’ve slashed that payroll by tens of millions, ya attendance will be down, but TV ratings are still on a national level and have been strong.

    Plus ownership of billion dollar stadium, initial cost adjusted for inflation, bought for a song on land that’s value is probably over $100 million itself, added to ownership of the broadcast network, and incredible national exposure to the Rogers Media brand…. plus what’s sure to be an increase in their revenue sharing check this year and a Canadian Dollar that’s close to parity with the US…..

    They got the dough, whether they or others trick you into believing it or not, 10 million is nothing for an investment in a solid SS prospect, and stealing one from the Yanks also has merit in a long term vision.

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

      To be honest, I’m suprised Rogers hasn’t bought the planet yet. I wouldn’t be suprised either if they try to buy the rights to the moon and paint the Rogers logo on it so everyone sees it at night.

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

      To be honest, I’m suprised Rogers hasn’t bought the planet yet. I wouldn’t be suprised either if they try to buy the rights to the moon and paint the Rogers logo on it so everyone sees it at night.

  18. crunchy1 5 years ago

    Great, great signing for the Jays….just a perfect fit.

  19. Just_MLB 5 years ago

    somewhere torri hunter is reading this with a frown on his face

  20. philpbarnes 5 years ago

    Good move for the Jays. Its moves like this that will help them rebuild and contend in a few years.

    • dizzle4 5 years ago

      Yup. Around 2012/2013, the AL East is just going to be horrifying.

      • philpbarnes 5 years ago

        Yep. If the Jays rebuild properly there wont be one weak team in the whole division. One thing I could see is the Rays falling back to nowhere if they refuse to spend money.

    • dizzle4 5 years ago

      Yup. Around 2012/2013, the AL East is just going to be horrifying.

  21. Rich_in_NJ 5 years ago

    Nice move by the Jays. I wish the Yankees had signed him.

  22. Rich_in_NJ 5 years ago

    Nice move by the Jays. I wish the Yankees had signed him.

  23. TheBunk 5 years ago

    YEAH BABY

  24. TheBunk 5 years ago

    YEAH BABY

  25. boxcar8 5 years ago

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaahhh that’s what I’m talking about AA.

  26. boxcar8 5 years ago

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaahhh that’s what I’m talking about AA.

  27. But…but…but… HE WAS SUPPOSED TO REPLACE JETER!!! We need to reform the international amateur free agent system immediately so no one can outbid the Yankees.

  28. Havok1517 5 years ago

    I like this move a lot by the Blue Jays after missing out on some high-profile shortstops in the last few drafts. This probably equals a 1st rd pick in my mind and a gives them a needed SS prospect since the organization was without one before this move.

  29. Montero1220 5 years ago

    I am disappointed in the Yanks and Adeiny.

    But in retrospect I have to admit that this is a good decision on his part. Why spend 3 or 4 years in the Yankee minor league system wasting your talent and potential, while waiting for Jeter to hand his bat in. That is valuable time that could be better spent maturing as a big leaguer and playing in the toughest division in the MLB (which should sharpen his skills).

    He can play 4 years for the Jays and hypothetically (if they don’t resign him) still become Jeter’s heir, if he proves himself worthy and if the Yanks are still interested.

    The Yanks have to stop depending on free agency for position players. God forbid if Jeter, A-Rod, or Tex were to get hurt. Who would be able to be place holders for them while being productive at the plate. They need to invest more in infielders.

    Don’t get me wrong I love free agents. Hopefully we can get Cliff Lee/Carl Crawford next offseason.

    Will

    • mike292929 5 years ago

      Really,

      God I hate the arrogance of Yankee fans… Oh great another team will develop him and we can put our juicy little hands all over him when he’s a free agent..

      Go away.

  30. Guest 5 years ago

    Probably a stupid question to some of you, and i apologize, but I just want to clarify – this 4 years thing doesn’t affect MLB’s service time system right? Like, if he spends 3 years in the majors and on the 4th year of this deal is a rookie, the Jays still control him for 5 more years right?

    • xbr 5 years ago

      I’m assuming you meant 3 years in the minors. If that is the case then yes he needs 6 years of MLB service time to become a free agent

    • zeroes 5 years ago

      Yep, it pretty safe to assume that in this case. It is possible that they could include a clause that the Jays must non-tender him after the contract is up, but it would be beyond stupid for a team to to offer that in this case.

      Those types of clauses can make sense for established Japanese stars who can step into the majors and contribute immediately, but not for 21 year old kids with no professional experience. Otherwise, every player must still meet minimum service time requirements in order to hit free agency.

  31. baseballz 5 years ago

    The four year deal covers his first four years of service time in the bigs. So instead of the minimum salary he will be paid a fourth of the ten million for that year. This will cover all of his pre-arbitration years and two of his arbi years. I think i am right in saying that after the ten million four year deal is up the Jays will still have him for his last two arbitration years since he will not have accumulated the amount of time needed to file for free agency.

    • zeroes 5 years ago

      Arbitration and free agency eligibility are measured based on time spent on the 25-man roster, not time under a major league contract. He can’t accumulate service time if he’s not playing in the majors. Like every other player, in order to file for arbitration, he must have 3 years of major league service time (or be Super-2). For free agency, he must have 6 full seasons of service time in the majors. Any player who is optioned down to the minor leagues does not collect service time while there, even though they hold a major league contract. Assuming this is a major league contract, the Jays could option him to the minors in each of the next three seasons, and then have 1 year under the current contract, 2 non-arbitration year, and 3 arbitration years.

      Though you can bet the Jays are hoping he’s in the majors within a year or two.

  32. Not necessarily. Remember that the organization took Ricky Romero over Troy Tulowitzki in 2005 – in large part because they already had Russ Adams and Aaron Hill as first-rounder shortstops. Just because they already have a ‘shortstop-of-the-future’ doesn’t mean they should stop signing and drafting shortstops.

    Also, if they have good offensive tools shortstops can be moved to a few different positions, so it’s hard to have too many shortstop prospects.

  33. Too many SS prospects do not remain at short so I tend to agree with you. It’s a position that sorely seems to lack top-end elite talent, guys who posses a rare combination of speed, glove and a half-decent bat.

    When Marco Scutaro makes 6mil/season and is the top shortstop available in free agency, you know the position in gerneral is lacking.

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