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)
Appalachian League To Operate As Summer Wood-Bat League
MLB announced on Friday that the Appalachian League will operate as a summer wood-bat league for rising freshmen and sophomores.
$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