Talking about the 2012-2013 international signing period, one should keep in mind that under the new CBA there will be a spending cap of $2.9m per team. Teams that go over that limit are fined a 100% tax on any dollar spent above the threshold and not be allowed to sign an international player for more than$0.25m the following year.
Any international player signed before July, 2nd 2012 does not fall under the new CBA (i.e. Cespedes, Soler etc. can be signed for whatever contract a team is willing to give out).
Watching Derek Jeter make 40 defensive plays and then watching Adam Everett make 40 defensive plays at the same position is sort of like watching video of Barbara Bush dancing at the White House, and then watching Demi Moore dancing in Striptease. (Bill James)
Dustin Pedroia doesn't have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power. If he can continue to hit .260 or so, he'll be useful, and he probably has a future as a backup infielder. (Keith Law)