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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena have reportedly agreed to terms, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.comTerms of the deal were not disclosed in Gurnick's report because "there still are physical exams and possible legal and immigration issues to resolve."

Arruebarruena is the latest in a string of international signings by the Dodgers, having signed no fewer than 53 players (if you include Arruebarruena) from foreign countries in the last 13 months, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles

Signing with a high-profile franchise like the Dodgers immediately puts Arruebarruena on the prospect radar, but does the talent match the inevitable hype?

Let's examine Arruebarruena's raw tools and upside to find some answers, shall we?

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Throughout Major League Baseball history, great pairings like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle, and, most recently, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez have transcended the game. 

The Minnesota Twins may have the next great tandem on their hands in the form of top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. They are still years away from ascending to the level of those previous duos, but it's not insane to think they have the talent to get there. 

Putting that much faith in two players whose combined age is 40—both Sano and Buxton are 20 years old—with no experience above Double-A has the potential to blow up in your face. 

When you watch Buxton and Sano on the field, there is nothing they can't do. With their all-around capabilities, Buxton and Sano could end up being one of the great duos in baseball history. 

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While spring training doesn’t officially begin until Feb. 13, the prospect-ranking season has been in full swing since the dawn of the new year.

After last month’s unveiling of Prospect Pipeline’s top 10 prospects for all 30 teams, it’s time to take things a step further with a ranking of every organization’s farm system for the 2014 season.

As you will see, the systems that rank within the top five are those with multiple impact prospects, other notable talent in upper levels and overall depth from top to bottom.

The systems that rank in the middle third tend to have an impact prospect or two (in most cases at least one is a pitcher) and probably either adequate depth or a few high-risk/reward guys. There may be a few projectable bullpen arms in there, too.

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Being a prospect in Major League Baseball requires a degree of patience that few people in the world can match. These are players who, for the most part, have been signed or drafted to multi-million dollar contracts when they are between the ages of 18 and 21. 

One common term you will hear, especially during the spring when some stats can get inflated by small sample sizes and inconsistent competition is "MLB ready." Is this guy ready to step into the big leagues today and play a significant role for their team?

As spring begins, there are many notable prospects coming into camp with that ability, or with a few minor tweaks that can be worked out at the highest level of professional baseball. 

Even though there are more than 25 prospects who fall into the MLB ready category, or are incredibly close, we wanted to highlight the best of the best in this particular group. 

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It’s hard to believe it’s been roughly two decades since the last great wave of shortstop prospects reached the major leagues.

From 1994 to 1998, Major League Baseball saw the arrival of five future All-Star shortstops: Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, Edgar Renteria, Alex Rodriguez and Miguel Tejada.

Though each player debuted at a different time during that five-year span, they all still managed to put together impressive and lengthy—and in Jeter’s case, Hall of Fame—careers at the highest level. More significantly, the group’s offensive potential, both individually and collectively, set a new precedent for shortstop prospects in the major leagues.

However, with a majority of the aforementioned shortstops having either already retired (Garciaparra, Renteria) or essentially been forced out of professional baseball due to issues related to performance-enhancing drugs (Rodriguez, Tejada), the stage seemingly has been set for a new wave of young players to make an impact in the major leagues.

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Oscar Taveras was widely regarded as the top offensive prospect in baseball headed into the 2013 season and was expected to make an immediate impact upon reaching the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals.

But Taveras’ highly anticipated campaign didn’t unfold as expected, as he suffered an ankle injury that limited him to only 46 games at Triple-A and ultimately required season-ending surgery.

However, according to a recent report from MLB.com, the 21-year-old outfielder’s ankle feels “100 percent” in advanced of spring training.

Though Taveras isn’t a lock to make the Cardinals’ Opening Day roster, he’s still expected to compete for a job as the team’s everyday right fielder in spring training. Even if he doesn’t break camp in the major leagues, Taveras is poised for a breakout Rookie-of-the-Year-caliber season in 2014.

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On a superficial level, the New York Yankees spending nearly $500 million on Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka this offseason makes sense because the team missed the playoffs last year and had significant questions about the future. 

However, looking at the state of the Yankees on a much deeper level, spending all that money on four free agents was necessary due to how poorly the franchise has developed talent in recent years. 

Even a team with pockets as deep as New York's can only rely on signing (mostly) 30-something free agents for so long before the bottom drops out. We saw it last year, when the team somehow managed to win 85 games with a patchwork lineup that included players like Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells. 

One way to try and replenish a farm system is spending a lot of money on international free agents, which Andrew Marchand and Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York report is going to be the team's plan this summer: 

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The sweepstakes for South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon is heating up.

Earlier in the week, Sang-Soo Kwon of JoongAng Daily reported that as many as five teams have shown interest in the 27-year-old right-hander. However, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com (via Twitter), Yoon isn’t close to signing.

As I wrote earlier this week, Yoon had an impressive nine-year career playing for the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization after debuting as an 18-year-old in 2005. After working as both a starter and reliever early in his career, Yoon was moved into the team’s starting rotation for the 2011 season. The right-hander responded to the challenge by registering a career-best 2.45 ERA and 9.30 K/9 rate in 172.1 innings and earning recognition as the league’s MVP.

Yoon is an attractive option for any team still in need of rotation depth, as he’s exempt from the international spending restrictions under the new collective bargaining agreement. Basically, the team that signs Yoon will not have to pay a posting fee or sacrifice a future first-round draft pick.

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Even though the games in spring training don't count, their value for all 30 Major League Baseball teams and every player is incalculable. 

It's the one time of the year where the established big leaguers will play on the same field as the young prospects making their way through the system, preparing to join the ranks of MLB stars. 

As we get set for the start of camp in 2014, teams are preparing to get another extended look at their future stars. Some of them will be fighting to make the 25-man roster out of camp, while others are looking to show that they are advancing faster than expected. 

Putting these talented young stars alongside big leaguers will help show how far along they are on the development curve, as well as the work that still remains before they can take that final step. 

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The New York Yankees’ barren farm system was exposed in 2013 through injuries at the major league level, as the team was forced to use a franchise record 56 different players during the regular season.

As a perennial contender in the American League East, the organization has shown a preference for replenishing its talent over the years, opting to replace departed players with free agents or international players rather than relying on internal options.

Yet, while the philosophy is understandable given the lofty expectations associated with the franchise, it isn’t the only reason why the organization currently features a bottom-third system.

Here’s a look at several different ways in which the Yankees can begin to fix their poor farm system in the coming years.