2019-20 MLB International Bonus Pools
Teams have learned how much international bonus pool space they will have for the upcoming 2019-20 signing period, which opens on July 2.
Kansas City Royals
San Diego Padres
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels
New York Mets
New York Yankees
San Francisco Giants
Toronto Blue Jays
Los Angeles Dodgers
There are 12 teams that will each have $5,398,300 in their pool. Clubs that get a "Competitive Balance Pick" in Round A of the draft get an extra $541,500 each in their pool, while the clubs that get a "Competitive Balance Pick" in Round B get an extra $1,082,900 in their pool. So the teams Major League Baseball classifies as smaller market or smaller revenue clubs get some extra bonus pool space.
The Dodgers and Phillies had their pools reduced by $500,000 each for signing A.J. Pollock and Bryce Harper as free agents who received a qualifying offer. The Nationals signed Patrick Corbin as a qualifying offer free agent and, since they exceeded the luxury tax last season, they lost $1 million from their pool.
Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are both still free agents who received qualifying offers, so the final numbers for each team's bonus pool still change before July 2.
MLB reduced the Braves' bonus pool to $0 this year as part of their penalty for international signing violations. Signings of $10,000 or less are exempt from the bonus pools, so even though the Braves have no bonus pool space, they can still sign players for up to $10,000.
The bonus pools are hard capped, which began two years ago in the 2017-18 period. This year will be the first that no teams will be limited to signings of $300,000 or less as a penalty for having exceeded their bonus pool under the previous system, when teams were allowed to go over.
Once the 2019-20 signing period opens, teams can trade for up to an additional 60 percent of their original bonus pool allocation.