The July 2 start of the international signing period brought a new kind of trade to Major League Baseball: players for international signing pool money.
The Cubs, as expected, were the biggest movers. A club official confirmed that they added nearly $1 million as they acquired four bonus slots and traded one. Between three trades—one each with the Astros, Orioles and Dodgers—the Cubs increased their bonus pool from $4,557,200 to $5,520,300
The Cubs sent minor league second baseman Ronald Torreyes to the Astros for Houston’s second and third slots, Nos. 31 ($468,400) and 61 ($316,300) overall. They also acquired slots Nos. 83 ($237,200) and 113 ($150,900) from the Orioles, as well as righthanders Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, in exchange for righthander Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger.
The Cubs then traded the Dodgers their fourth slot, worth $209,700, in a swap of big league relievers who had been designated for assignment, with Carlos Marmol going to Los Angeles in exchange for Matt Guerrier.
The top 120 international bonus slots are available here.