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Teams have less money to spend on international signings than ever

Apr 16, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the money spent on international signings is going down, down, down:

Technically, the aggregate bonus pools for international players rose by 1.2 percent, moving from $78,226,600 to $79,194,000. In reality, the amount that teams will be able to spend on international players is decreasing for the third straight year.

Badler explains that that’s because the multiple $50,000 exemptions for signings that don’t count against the bonus pool is gone starting this year, resulting in a net reduction of overall money available for signings.

There are still incentives for a team to exceed one’s bonus pool and pay the penalties for doing so. But the fact is, Major League Baseball’s policy is clearly aimed at reducing the amount of money teams can spend via the draft and via international signings. Which is a very strange way to go about containing costs — the overall expenditures in these areas are far less than teams spend on free agents — and a hinderance to small-revenue teams looking for the most cost-effective ways to rebuild.

  1. chacochicken - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Those excitable Latins are real emotional spenders. Probably not enough Protestant thrift.

  2. stephenacosta91 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    If it wasn’t for No. 42 international players wouldn’t be able to play America’s pastime. Here’s a link to a post on Jackie.

    • dan1111 - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      This is not true; players from Latin America played in the major leagues from the earliest days of the game.

      • stephenacosta91 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        That is true and Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first African American player to play in the majors either but Jackie Robinson was the first to sign a professional contract and have a successful career.
        The “dark skinned” Latin players were only allowed to play in the negro leagues and “Light skinned” Latin players were allowed to play in the majors. All I am saying is No. 42 paved the way for those from all ethnic backgrounds.

    • whatacrocker - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      This dude says whatever comes into his head, regardless of whether or not it’s accurate. Check the linked story to see his (incorrect) claim that, “No other professional sport has a universal number retired through out the entire league.”

  3. sfm073 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Must be race related.

  4. clydeserra - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    MLB hates baseball.

    • paperlions - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Nah, MLB just only cares about baseball as it pertains to baseball’s ability to make them money.

  5. 4d3fect - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    “Teams have less money to spend”


  6. steelerfan9598 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    International signings are how the Pirates were making up ground. Can’t have that now can we?

  7. canadatude - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    The Yankees will go way over their limit here and just pay any fines like a parking ticket. Salary caps should be a hard cap. No B S.

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