MLB Player Comparisons for Each Top International Free Agent

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MLB Player Comparisons for Each Top International Free Agent
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Japan's Masahiro Tanaka is regarded as the top pitcher in this year's class of international free agents.

With all the excitement this week surrounding the start of free agency in Major League Baseball, it's easy to forget about the wealth of international talent that is either already available or will be made available prior to the 2014 season.

However, with the implementation of signing bonus pools prior to the 2012 season as part of a new collective bargaining agreement, signing an impact international player has become as important as landing a knockout draft pick or key free agent.

Here's a look at the five highly touted international prospects who are expected to sign this offseason, as well as their respective big league comparisons.

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