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THE BUZZ
Tim Crothers
April 27, 1998
With the Yankees' recent signings of Cuban refugee righthander Orlando Hernandez for $6.6 million and 16-year-old righthander Ricardo Aramboles of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million, some major league owners are renewing efforts to expand the June free-agent draft to include players from all over the world. In addition to U.S. high school and college players, the draft would encompass amateurs from Latin America, some Asian countries and Australia, though probably not Cuba. Acting commissioner Bud Selig says the impetus for baseball's movement toward a worldwide draft is the fear that a few wealthy franchises can outbid the rest of the sport for any elite foreign prospect.
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April 27, 1998

The Buzz

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With the Yankees' recent signings of Cuban refugee righthander Orlando Hernandez for $6.6 million and 16-year-old righthander Ricardo Aramboles of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million, some major league owners are renewing efforts to expand the June free-agent draft to include players from all over the world. In addition to U.S. high school and college players, the draft would encompass amateurs from Latin America, some Asian countries and Australia, though probably not Cuba. Acting commissioner Bud Selig says the impetus for baseball's movement toward a worldwide draft is the fear that a few wealthy franchises can outbid the rest of the sport for any elite foreign prospect.

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