The Yankees became the first team in baseball to sign players from China yesterday, inking lefty hurler Kai Liu and catcher Zhenwang Zhang, both 19, to minor-league contracts.
I have no inside information, but I bet this signing involves three things:
1) The players are probably pretty decent.
2) The Red Sox brass recently took a well-publicized trip to China, and
3) The Yanks want to continue capturing the lucrative Asian market for merchandising and other purposes, and they hope Liu and/or Zhang can follow in the footsteps of Hideki Matsui and Chien-Ming Wang.
Canyon of Heroes has scoop on the kids.