2015-16 MLB International Bonus Pools

Teams have received their international bonus pools for the upcoming 2015-16 signing period, which begins on July 2. The pools are up slightly from a year ago, with the top pool getting an extra $378,500 and the bottom pool getting an additional $102,300.

The bonus pools are determined based on reverse order of winning percentage from the 2014 major league season, which means the Diamondbacks have the largest bonus pool, while the Angels have the smallest. However, the Diamondbacks will be unable to sign any pool-eligible player for more than $300,000 during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 signing periods as a penalty for going more than 15 percent over their current 2014-15 pool, mainly to sign Cuban righthander Yoan Lopez. The Angels, Rays, Red Sox and Yankees will also be unable to sign any pool-eligible players for more than $300,000 during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 signing periods. They do still keep their entire bonus pool, however, and are free to trade the individual slot values that comprise their pool.

While the majority of July 2 signings come from Latin America, especially the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, the bonus pools cover players classified as international amateurs from all countries not subject to the June draft. Cuban players are subject to the bonus pools as well, unless they are at least 23 years old and have played five or more seasons in Serie Nacional, in which case they are exempt.

Team Bonus Pool
1. Diamondbacks $5,393,900
2. Rockies $4,966,300
3. Rangers $4,586,600
4. Astros $4,248,800
5. Twins $3,948,500
6. Red Sox $3,681,000
7. White Sox $3,443,000
8. Cubs $3,230,700
9. Phillies $3,041,700
10. Reds $2,873,000
11. Marlins $2,779,300
12. Padres $2,691,800
13. Rays $2,609,200
14. Mets $2,531,300
15. Braves $2,458,400
16. Brewers $2,389,300
17. Blue Jays $2,324,100
18. Yankees $2,262,800
19. Indians $2,204,900
20. Mariners $2,150,300
21. Giants $2,130,900
22. Pirates $2,111,900
23. Athletics $2,093,100
24. Royals $2,074,700
25. Tigers $2,056,200
26. Cardinals $2,038,200
27. Dodgers $2,020,300
28. Orioles $2,002,900
29. Nationals $1,985,400
30. Angels $1,968,600

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