2018-19 MLB International Bonus Pools
Teams received their bonus pools for the 2018-19 international signing period, which opens on July 2.
The bonus pools increased from the current 2017-18 signing period, the first year under the bonus pools with hard spending caps when each team received a pool allotment of either $4.75 million, $5.25 million or $5.75 million.
Eight teams will still be in the second and final year of the penalty for exceeding their bonus pools in 2016-17, which means they won’t be able to sign any player for a bonus of more than $300,000.
Teams are allowed to trade up for an additional 75 percent of their bonus pool allotment, with trades permitted in $250,000 increments. So a team with a $6,025,400 pool could trade for up to $10,544,450, while the teams at $4,983,500 can trade up to an $8,721,125 pool.
The Phillies have the lowest bonus pool ($3,949,000), as they lost $1 million from their pool for signing Jake Arrieta and Carlos Santana as qualifying offer free agents. They can trade up to a $6,910,750 pool.
Bonuses of $10,000 or less are exempt from the pools, as are players with who are at least 25 and have played at least six seasons in a foreign professional league.
$6,025,400 bonus pool
Cincinnati Reds ($300K penalty)
Oakland Athletics ($300K penalty)
Tampa Bay Rays
$5,504,500 bonus pool
Kansas City Royals
San Diego Padres ($300K penalty)
St. Louis Cardinals ($300K penalty)
Mets Trade Jeurys Familia To The A's For Two Prospects, Bonus Cash
The Mets traded away one of the best trade chips on Saturday, sending closer Jeurys Familia to the Athletics.
$4,983,500 bonus pool
Atlanta Braves ($300K penalty)
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox ($300K penalty)
Houston Astros ($300K penalty)
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Yankees
New York Mets
San Francisco Giants
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals ($300K penalty)
$3,949,000 bonus pool