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Mariners spent MLB-high $6.5 million signing international prospects in 2010

Mar 2, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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Ben Badler of Baseball America has put together a ton of great content breaking down the 2010 international prospect class in every possible way, including a list of team-by-team spending.

Seattle leads the way by shelling out $6.47 million on international prospects in 2010, including $2.2 million for Dominican outfielder Phillips Castillo, $1.1 million on Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero, $850,000 on Colombian right-hander Jose Torres, and $650,000 on Venezuelan left-hander Luis Pina.

No other team was within $1 million of the Mariners’ international spending, as the Yankees ranked second at $5.27 million followed by the the Astros at $5.13 million and the Pirates at $5 million. At the bottom of the list are the Dodgers ($314,000) and White Sox ($345,000), who each spent less than the MLB minimum salary on international prospects last year.

There’s a whole lot more good info where that came from, so check out the rest of Badler’s international year-in-review.

  1. Joe - Mar 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Friggin’ Pirates spending $5 million on international FAs. They should be using their revenue sharing dollars to improve the major league team!!

    • Dan in Katonah - Mar 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      FAIL! What should they do, Joe? Get better by spending $5M on a Derek Bell or Jason Kendall? Is that how the Rays got competitive? Was it Fred McGriff and Wade Boggs that improved that club or some kickazz drafting of talent?

      No, they should invest the money where they can get long-term and sustained value – Rule IV draft and international signings. Good for them to not flush $5M down the sh*tter to go from a 62 win team to a 65 win team. Ask Royals fans who want a time machine to go forward 2 years so they can enjoy the fruits of their farm system bounty (and pray that DM does not screw it up).

      So in conclusion, this is EXACTLY what the Pirates should be doing with the revenue money.

      • JBerardi - Mar 2, 2011 at 9:30 PM

        Win. If anything, they should be spending MORE than $5m on IFAs.

      • Joe - Mar 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM

        Yeah, that was a joke.

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