DePaula Obtains Visa; Yankees Deal Still In Place

Rafael DePaula is finally on the verge of beginning his professional baseball career. The pitching prospect agreed to sign with the Yankees for $500K in November, 2010, but hasn’t had a visa until now, so the deal hasn’t been completed. Agent Charisse Espinosa-Dash told MLBTR today that DePaula has his visa and that the original deal is expected to go through once the Dominican right-hander passes a physical.

MLB suspended DePaula in 2009 and he later confessed to using a false identity. The 6'2" right-hander had a sharp breaking ball and a plus fastball that touched the mid-90s at the time that he signed, according to Baseball America. DePaula, who turns 21 this month, had been working out at the Yankees' Dominican academy.

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4 Comments on "DePaula Obtains Visa; Yankees Deal Still In Place"

3 years 5 months ago

Future ace

3 years 5 months ago

That might be a little much for a 21 year old who is just starting in the pros.

3 years 5 months ago

$500k for the yankees to add minor league depth is nothing.  Once the new cba kicks in it would be dumb, but if he has a shot of doing anything then it isi worth it to them.

3 years 5 months ago

I think he was using sarcasm.