Ryan Sadowski Rumors

International Notes: Tejada, Ibanez, Kang

Longtime big leaguer Miguel Tejada, now 40, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mexican League’s Pericas de Puebla, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deports reports. Tejada does not appear to be looking to spark another return to the big leagues, but instead says he wants to play out the season and enjoy one more winter league run before hanging up his spikes.

Here are some more notes with an international flare:

  • While Yoan Moncada has drawn much of the attention, fellow young infielder Andy Ibanez is a legitimate prospect in his own right, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Ibanez figures to command a pool-busting bonus, says Badler, who breaks down the full history and book on the 21-year-old. Though he lacks the flashy tools of Moncada, Ibanez is framed as a solid all-around player with a promising bat. All said, he is a better prospect than Roberto Baldoquin, who just landed $8MM from the Angels, in Badler’s estimation.
  • The transition from playing in one country to another can be difficult on many levels, as Ryan Sadowskinow the first-ever full-time international scout for the KBO’s Lotte Giants — explained to me on a recent episode of the MLBTR podcast. New Pirates addition Jung-ho Kang is in the midst of just such a move, as Bill Mitchell explores for Baseball America. Kang is currently training in the United States with his now-former KBO club, the Nexen Heroes, before heading to camp with the Bucs to begin his new journey.

Odds & Ends: Indians, Maya, Sadowski

Saturday night linkage..

  • In his latest mailbag, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is asked about the Tribe's inactivity this winter.  Hoynes says that there are two reasons for this.  First, the team is rebuilding.  Secondly, ownership has little, if any, money to spend on free agents.  Hoynes says to look for the Indians to do something in January and February after the first and second-tier free agents have signed.
  • Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya put himself on display in the Dominican Republic last week.  Jorge Arangure of ESPN spoke to a scout in attendance who said the 28-year-old threw in the range of 88-92 MPH while showcasing a fastball, two-seamer, slider, curveball, and changeup.  According to a report from Globedia.com, passed along by Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog, the Mets and White Sox are the frontrunners to sign him.  Arangure notes that Deinys Suarez, who was also on display, has not generated as much interest as Maya.
  • Former Giants pitcher Ryan Sadowski has signed a deal to pitch for Korea's Lotte Giants in 2010, according to a report from The Korea Herald passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB TrackerSadowski signed with Houston earlier this offseason, so it appears that the Astros have let the 27-year-old out of his contract.

Astros Sign Ryan Sadowski

Ryan Sadowski, who made his major league debut with the Giants in June, has signed with the Houston Astros, writes Theo Fightmaster of the Marin Independent Journal.

The 27-year-old righty was called up for the first time after spending six years in the minors.  Sadowski recorded a rather pedestrian ERA of 4.45 in six late-season starts.  More notably, the "Big Sadowski" recorded 16.2 scoreless innings to start his big league career.