Up-To-Date International Bonus Pools For 2015-16

Perhaps the most unique feature of baseball’s international signing period is that organizations can freely trade their slot values, whether to acquire big league talent, prospects or system depth--or simply to unload money they don’t want to spend or are limited in spending in the first place because of penalties.

The following chart details each organization’s updated bonus-pool allocation for the 2015-16 international signing period, plus all the slots they possess, in the wake of trade activity that began on July 2. Teams begin with four slots, plus a $700,000 base allocation. This is the fourth international signing class in which teams have operated under the bonus-pool system and the third in which they have been assigned and allowed to trade individual slot values.

Team
Slots Held Activity Adjusted Pool
D-backs 2, 3, 4, Phillies 1 -$2,238,300 $3,155,600
Rockies 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $4,966,300
Rangers 1, 2, 3, 4, Angels 1, Angels 2 +$879,500 $5,466,100
Astros 1, 2, 3, 4, Brewers 3 +$287,500 $4,536,300
Twins 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $3,948,500
Red Sox 1, 2, 4 -$327,700 $3,353,300
White Sox 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $3,443,000
Cubs 1, 2, 3, 4, Angels 4 +$149,700 $3,380,400
Phillies 2, 3, 4, D-backs 1 +$2,238,300 $4,562,550*
Reds 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,873,000
Marlins 1, 3, 4 -$454,400 $2,324,900
Padres 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,691,800
Rays 1, 2, Marlins 2 -$39,800 $2,569,400
Mets 1, 2, 3, 4, Angels 3 +$239,400 $2,770,700
Braves 1, 2, 3, 4, Athletics 2, Dodgers 3, Rays 3,
Athletics 4, Rays 4
+$1,298,600 $3,687,600^
Brewers 1, 2, 4 -$287,500 $2,101,800
Blue Jays 1, 2, 3, 4, Dodgers 1, Dodgers 2, Dodgers 4 +$1,071,300 $3,395,400
Yankees 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,262,800
Indians 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,204,900
Mariners 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,150,300
Giants 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,130,900
Pirates 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,111,900
Athletics 1, 3 -$555,400 $1,537,700
Royals 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,074,700
Tigers 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,056,200
Cardinals 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,038,200
Dodgers -- -$1,320,300 $700,000
Orioles 1, 2, 3, 4 -- $2,002,900
Nationals 1, 2, 3, 4, Red Sox 3 +$327,700 $2,313,100
Angels -- -$1,268,600 $700,000
* The actual value of the slots the Phillies hold is $5,280,000, but they may only spend up to $4,562,550--or 150 percent of their original pool--without incurring penalty.
^ The actual value of the slots the Braves hold is $3,757,000, but they may only spend up to $3,687,600--or 150 percent of their original pool--without incurring penalty.

 

Notes And Observations

• No team in the first two years of the current international signing rules had traded all their slot values. This year, the Angels and Dodgers quickly offloaded all four of their slots, valued at roughly $1.3 million for each organization.

• The Diamondbacks this year became the first organization to trade the No. 1 overall slot value, which is worth nearly $3.6 million.

• The Phillies acquired the No. 1 slot from the D-backs, but in so doing, they shot past their maximum bonus-pool allowance by $717,450, meaning they must trade a few of their own slots if they want to avoid hanging on to money they can’t spend. The Braves also exceeded their max pool amount--which is calculated as 150% of each team’s starting pool--but only by $69,400, which is less than half the value of even the 120th and least-valuable slot in the pool.

• The Braves have traded to acquire five international bonus slots already in July, which is a record number of slots added by any team in three years of the current system. To bring aboard the extra international money, Atlanta parted with big league reliever Cody Martin, plus prospects Garrett Fulenchek, a 2014 second-round pick out of high school, and Jordan Paroubeck, whom they acquired from the Padres in the Craig Kimbrel trade on Opening Day, among others.

• Teams this year already had consummated 12 trades involving international bonus slots, a record number following seven transactions in 2014 and nine in 2013. Complete trade details follow in the next section.

Transactions Involving International Bonus-Pool Money

July 2, 2015

• Blue Jays trade RHP Chase DeJong and 2B Tim Locastro to Dodgers for slots one, two and four ($1,071,300)

• Braves trade RHP Cody Martin to Athletics for slot two ($388,400)

• Rangers trade RHP Jason Hoppe to Angels for slots one and two ($879,500)

• Rays trade RHP Enderson Franco to Marlins for slot two ($454,400)

• Braves trade OF Jordan Paroubeck and RHP Caleb Dirks to Dodgers for slot three ($249,000)

• Mets trade RHP Gaither Bumgardner to Angels for slot three ($239,400)

• Braves trade RHP Garrett Fulenchek to Rays for slots three and four ($494,200)

July 3, 2015

• Cubs trade C Rafael Lopez (DFA) to Angels for LHP Manuel Rondon and slot four ($149,700)

July 5, 2015

• Phillies trade RHP Chris Oliver, LHP Josh Taylor and slot one ($1,352,100) to Diamondbacks for slot one ($3,590,400)

July 6, 2015

• Braves trade RHP Aaron Kurcz to Athletics for slot four ($167,000)

July 8, 2015

• Nationals trade RHP Ramses Rosario to Red Sox for slot three ($327,700)

July 30, 2015

Astros trade OFs Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, LHP Josh Hader and RHP Adrian Houser to Brewers for OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers and slot three ($287,500)

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