International Bonus Pools For 2013-14

Teams have received their preliminary bonus pools from Major League Baseball for the 2013-14 international signing period, which begins on July 2.

For the first time, international bonus pools will be tiered based on reverse order of 2012 major league winning percentage, which means the Astros have the biggest pool space while the Nationals have the lowest. While the numbers are preliminary, they are not expected to change much when the official pool numbers are finalized, likely in the next few weeks.

Based on preliminary numbers, most teams will have less money to work with during the next international signing period than they have during the current 2012-13 signing period, in which every team has a $2.9 million bonus pool. The aggregate international bonus pool space will decrease 11 percent—or $8.8 million—with 22 teams having smaller bonus pools in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13. That’s a contrast from the draft bonus pools, which rose 8.2 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.

In addition to its international signing bonus pool, each club is allowed to sign six players for bonuses of $50,000 or less that will not count against its pool, the same way each team is allowed to do so during the current signing period. Any signing bonus of $10,000 or less will also be exempt from a team’s bonus pool, an increase from the $7,500 bonus exemptions in place currently.

See also: Penalties For Exceeding Pools Depend On International Draft

2013-14 INTERNATIONAL BONUS POOLS

Team Pool
1. Astros $4,943,700
2. Cubs $4,557,200
3. Rockies $4,213,800
4. Twins $3,908,600
5. Indians $3,636,900
6. Marlins $3,395,200
7. Red Sox $3,179,900
8. Royals $2,988,100
9. Blue Jays $2,817,100
10. Mets $2,664,600
11. Mariners $2,580,000
12. Padres $2,500,800
13. Pirates $2,426,000
14. Diamondbacks $2,355,700
15. Phillies $2,289,700
16. Brewers $2,227,300
17. White Sox $2,168,300
18. Dodgers $2,112,900
19. Cardinals $2,060,600
20. Tigers $2,011,200
21. Angels $1,993,700
22. Rays $1,976,500
23. Orioles $1,959,400
24. Rangers $1,942,700
25. Athletics $1,926,100
26. Giants $1,909,900
27. Braves $1,893,800
28. Yankees $1,877,900
29. Reds $1,862,100
30. Nationals $1,846,900
2013 Total $78,226,600
2012 Total $87,000,000

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