2014-15 MLB International Bonus Pools And Slot Values

With the 2014-15 international signing period beginning in three months on July 2, teams have received their bonus pools and slot values from the commissioner’s office.

Bonus pools are determined based on reverse order of major league winning percentage, so the Astros will have the highest international bonus pool for the second year in a row, while the Cardinals will have the lowest.

The main number that matters for a team is its total signing bonus pool, which it is free to spend however it wants, with penalties in place for going over. Major League Baseball arrives at the bonus pools by giving each team a $700,000 base along with four “slot values,” which are tiered from No. 1 ($3,300,900) through No. 120 ($137,600).


See also: Assigned pick values for top 10 rounds

See also: Draft and international spending allowances

See also: Signing bonus allotments by team


Since MLB was unable to transition to an international draft, the only importance of the slot values is for trading. Teams are allowed to trade for up to an additional 50 percent of their international bonus pool, so a team with a $2 million pool can acquire an addition $1 million in pool space. However, to acquire more pool space, a team can’t simply trade for $1 million—it has to acquire specific slot values from other teams.

It’s expected that the Cubs and Rangers will not be allowed to sign a player for more than $250,000 during the 2014-15 signing period as penalty for going well beyond 15 percent of their 2013-14 bonus pools, unless they can find a way around the rules. However, they don’t lose any of their bonus pool money, so they are still free to trade those slot values.

Team Bonus Pool
1. Astros $5,015,400
2. Marlins $4,622,400
3. White Sox $4,273,200
4. Cubs $3,962,700
5. Twins $3,686,600
6. Mariners $3,440,700
7. Phillies $3,221,800
8. Rockies $3,026,700
9. Blue Jays $2,852,900
10. Mets $2,697,800
11. Brewers $2,611,800
12. Padres $2,531,200
13. Giants $2,455,300
14. Angels $2,383,700
15. Diamondbacks $2,316,600
16. Orioles $2,253,100
17. Yankees $2,193,100
18. Royals $2,136,800
19. Nationals $2,083,600
20. Reds $2,033,400
21. Rangers $2,015,500
22. Rays $1,998,100
23. Indians $1,980,700
24. Dodgers $1,963,800
25. Tigers $1,946,900
26. Pirates $1,930,400
27. Athletics $1,913,900
28. Braves $1,897,900
29. Red Sox $1,881,700
30. Cardinals $1,866,300

These are the specific slot values for each team, from No. 1 through No. 120.

Slot Team Slot Value
1 Astros $3,300,900
2 Marlins $2,921,600
3 White Sox $2,585,800
4 Cubs $2,288,700
5 Twins $2,025,800
6 Mariners $1,792,900
7 Phillies $1,586,900
8 Rockies $1,404,500
9 Blue Jays $1,243,100
10 Mets $1,100,300
11 Brewers $1,026,600
12 Padres $957,900
13 Giants $893,800
14 Angels $833,900
15 Diamondbacks $778,000
16 Orioles $726,000
17 Yankees $677,400
18 Royals $631,900
19 Nationals $589,600
20 Reds $550,100
21 Rangers $543,000
22 Rays $535,900
23 Indians $528,900
24 Dodgers $522,100
25 Tigers $515,300
26 Pirates $508,600
27 Athletics $501,900
28 Braves $495,400
29 Red Sox $488,900
30 Cardinals $482,700
31 Astros $476,300
32 Marlins $470,100
33 White Sox $464,100
34 Cubs $458,000
35 Twins $452,100
36 Mariners $446,200
37 Phillies $440,300
38 Rockies $434,600
39 Blue Jays $429,000
40 Mets $423,400
41 Brewers $417,800
42 Padres $412,500
43 Giants $407,100
44 Angels $401,800
45 Diamondbacks $396,700
46 Orioles $391,500
47 Yankees $386,300
48 Royals $381,300
49 Nationals $376,500
50 Reds $371,500
51 Rangers $366,600
52 Rays $361,900
53 Indians $357,100
54 Dodgers $352,600
55 Tigers $347,900
56 Pirates $343,400
57 Athletics $339,000
58 Braves $334,600
59 Red Sox $330,200
60 Cardinals $325,900
61 Astros $321,600
62 Marlins $317,500
63 White Sox $313,400
64 Cubs $309,300
65 Twins $305,200
66 Mariners $301,300
67 Phillies $297,400
68 Rockies $293,500
69 Blue Jays $289,700
70 Mets $286,000
71 Brewers $282,200
72 Padres $278,500
73 Giants $274,900
74 Angels $271,300
75 Diamondbacks $267,900
76 Orioles $264,300
77 Yankees $260,800
78 Royals $257,500
79 Nationals $254,100
80 Reds $250,900
81 Rangers $247,600
82 Rays $244,400
83 Indians $241,200
84 Dodgers $238,000
85 Tigers $234,900
86 Pirates $232,000
87 Athletics $228,900
88 Braves $225,900
89 Red Sox $222,900
90 Cardinals $220,100
91 Astros $216,600
92 Marlins $213,200
93 White Sox $209,900
94 Cubs $206,700
95 Twins $203,500
96 Mariners $200,300
97 Phillies $197,200
98 Rockies $194,100
99 Blue Jays $191,100
100 Mets $188,100
101 Brewers $185,200
102 Padres $182,300
103 Giants $179,500
104 Angels $176,700
105 Diamondbacks $174,000
106 Orioles $171,300
107 Yankees $168,600
108 Royals $166,100
109 Nationals $163,400
110 Reds $160,900
111 Rangers $158,300
112 Rays $155,900
113 Indians $153,500
114 Dodgers $151,100
115 Tigers $148,800
116 Pirates $146,400
117 Athletics $144,100
118 Braves $142,000
119 Red Sox $139,700
120 Cardinals $137,600