International Baseball Partners (IBP) announced on Saturday (12-8-18) the naming of Fred Ferreira as Executive Director of its newly formed Player Recruitment Division. A Major League Baseball (MLB) executive for over four decades, Ferreira is affectionately known as the “Shark of the Caribbean” for his ability to sign players throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
He is recognized as the most successful international scout in history with over 70 major league players credited to his resume. His signings include Bernie Williams (NY Yankees), Mike Pagliarulo (NY Yankees), Jose Vidro, (Montreal Expos), Oscar Azócar (NY Yankees), Orlando Cabrera (Montreal Expos), Armando Galarraga (Detroit Tigers), Henry Mateo (Montreal Expos), Wilson Valdez (Philadelphia Phillies), Miguel Gonzalez (Baltimore Orioles), and Ariel Miranda (Seattle Mariners) to name a few. But, Ferreira’s greatest signing recognized by some as one of the best in history was Vladimir Guerrero who the “Shark” signed for $2,500 when Ferreira was the head of international with the Montreal Expos. Guerrero’s career capped off last summer with his enshrinement in Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ferreira’s storied career includes stints with the California Angels, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and most recently, the Baltimore Orioles. While with the Yankees, he was instrumental in establishing the Dominican Republic as a hub for player recruitment and development during the 1980’s. His impact in MLB circles was noted when his passport was displayed in Cooperstown, New York at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s special exhibit “Diamond Mines”.
IBP Co-Founder, Mike Powers made the announcement and released the following statement:
“We are pleased to announce the formation of a player recruitment division at IBP which is consistent with our bold business initiatives. We are excited and fortunate to have one of baseball’s true international legend’s lead our player recruitment division. Our growing galaxy of baseball countries associated with IBP will find additional player support while our shareholders will find value in our representation arm.”