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Yankees land top 2022 international prospect Roderick Arias; Nats get No. 2 prospect Cristhian Vaquero: Reports - The Athletic

MLB's international signing period opened Saturday and runs through Dec. 15.

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MLB's international signing period opened Saturday, and the New York Yankees boosted their farm system by agreeing to sign shortstop Roderick Arias, according to multiple reports. Arias, a 17-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, is the top-ranked international prospect of 2022 by MLB Pipeline and agreed to a $4 million deal with New York, MLB.com reported.

The international signing period typically starts in July, but MLB and the Players Association agreed to push it back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021-22 signing period closes on Dec. 15. Not all players who agree to deals with teams during the signing period will sign their contracts immediately.

The Washington Nationals followed the Yankees by landing Cuban outfielder Cristhian Vaquero, the No. 2 international prospect by MLB Pipeline, with a $4.9 million deal, according to reports. Vaquero is a switch hitter who can play all three outfield positions. He picked up switch hitting after leaving Cuba for the Dominican Republic, according to MLB.com.

Ricardo Cabrera (No. 3 prospect, Reds), William Bergolla (No. 4, Phillies) and Oscar Colás (No. 5, White Sox) round out the top five prospects who agreed to sign with teams on Saturday, per reports. The rest of the top-10 prospects who have agreed to deals include Anthony Gutierrez (No. 6, Rangers), Samuel Munoz (No. 7, Dodgers), Lazaro Montes (No. 8, Mariners), Ryan Reckley (No. 9, Giants) and Diego Benitez (No. 10, Braves).

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