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Top 40 International Bonuses Of 2015

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: 2015 International Reviews Index See Also: 2015 International Spending By Team Baseball America has compiled data on the top 40 signing bonuses of 2015. The first chart does not include Cuban players—more on them in a second chart below—to focus on the more traditional international amateur signings, primarily from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. All of these players signed on or after July 2, so they all count under the current 2015-16 international bonus pools. Giants shortstop Lucius Fox, who went to a Florida high school but moved to the Bahamas to sign as an international free agent last year when he turned 18 on July 2, holds the record for the highest international bonus of all time for a non-Cuban player. The record international bonus for a 16-year-old still belongs to Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara ($4.95 million). Overall, teams spent far more aggressively at the top of the market for Dominican players than they did in Venezuela, perhaps due to the growing challenges of scouting in Venezuela. There were 18 Dominican players signed for at least $1 million compared to just four from Venezuela. While the Dodgers spent more money than any team last year primarily due to three Cuban signings, the Cubs paid 12 of the top 40 international bonuses last year for non-Cuban players, with seven-figure deals for players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama and South Korea.
1. Lucius FoxssBahamasGiants$6,000,000
2. Jhailyn OrtizofDominican RepublicPhillies$4,010,000
3. Wander JavierssDominican RepublicTwins$4,000,000
4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.ofDominican RepublicBlue Jays$3,900,000
5. Starling HerediaofDominican RepublicDodgers$2,600,000
6. Jonathan SierraofDominican RepublicCubs$2,500,000
T-7. Gilberto CelestinoofDominican RepublicAstros$2,250,000
T-7. Seuly MatiasofDominican RepublicRoyals$2,250,000
9. Leody TaverasofDominican RepublicRangers$2,100,000
T-10. Aramis AdemanssDominican RepublicCubs$2,000,000
T-10. Ronny BritossDominican RepublicDodgers$2,000,000
T-10. Derian CruzssDominican RepublicBraves$2,000,000
T-10. Daniel MontanoofVenezuelaRockies$2,000,000
14. Carlos VargasssDominican RepublicMariners$1,625,000
T-15. Jose AlbertosrhpMexicoCubs$1,500,000
T-15. Gregory GuerrerossDominican RepublicMets$1,500,000
T-15. Jeison GuzmanssDominican RepublicRoyals$1,500,000
T-15. Franklin ReyesofDominican RepublicWhite Sox$1,500,000
T-15. Juan SotoofDominican RepublicNationals$1,500,000
20. Cristian PacheofDominican RepublicBraves$1,400,000
21. Henderson PerezcVenezuelaCubs$1,250,000
22. Andres GimenezssVenezuelaMets$1,200,000
T-23. Miguel AmayacPanamaCubs$1,000,000
T-23. Kwang-Min KwonofSouth KoreaCubs$1,000,000
T-23. Cristian OlivoofDominican RepublicReds$1,000,000
T-23. Yonathan PerlazassVenezuelaCubs$1,000,000
27. Oneil CruzssDominican RepublicDodgers$950,000
T-28. Cristopher MorelssDominican RepublicCubs$800,000
T-28. Isaac ParedesssMexicoCubs$800,000
30. Alvaro SeijasrhpVenezuelaCardinals$762,500
T-31. Elvis AlvaradoofDominican RepublicNationals$700,000
T-31. Andres MunozrhpMexicoPadres$700,000
T-31. Fernando Tatis Jr.3bDominican RepublicWhite Sox$700,000
34. Miguel HernandezssVenezuelaReds$650,000
T-35. Yunior PerezrhpDominican RepublicCubs$600,000
T-35. Brailyn MarquezlhpDominican RepublicCubs$600,000
T-35. Henry Pujols3bDominican RepublicIndians$600,000
T-35. Anderson AmaristarhpVenezuelaRockies$600,000
T-35. Raffy OzunassDominican RepublicCardinals$600,000
T-40. Jose GutierrezofVenezuelaCubs$550,000
T-40. Mario PrenzaofDominican RepublicMarlins$550,000
T-40. Jose SibriancVenezuelaBrewers$550,000
Teams can sign the top 16-year-old players in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela every year on July 2, but their ability to sign Cuban players depends on who is able to leave the island. Below are the top 10 bonuses for Cuban players signed in 2015 who fall under the international bonus pools. The biggest Cuban signing of 2015 was the Dodgers giving Hector Olivera a six-year, $62.5 million major league contract (including a $28 million signing bonus). His deal and the four-year, $6 million contract (including a $1.2 million signing bonus) the Braves gave Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano were both exempt from the pools. Dodgers righthander Pablo Millan Fernandez ($8 million) and Orioles lefthander Ariel Miranda ($725,000) were also both exempt from the pools, although they signed minor league contracts. Dodgers righthander Yaisel Sierra isn’t listed below because he signed in 2016 and was also exempt from the pools. With around 200 Cuban players having left the country in pursuit of a major league contract, the quick drop-off on this list is a reminder that most Cuban players are not signing huge contracts, and many of them aren’t getting signed at all.
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1. Yoan Moncada2bRed Sox192014-15$31,500,000
2. Yadier AlvarezrhpDodgers192015-16$16,000,000
3. Yusniel DiazofDodgers192015-16$15,500,000
4. Yoan LopezrhpDiamondbacks222014-15$8,260,000
5. Omar Estevez2bDodgers172015-16$6,000,000
6. Eddy Julio MartinezofCubs202015-16$3,000,000
7. Andy Ibanez2bRangers222015-16$1,600,000
8. Yoanys QuialarhpAstros212014-15$794,000
9. Alejandro GarciacfAstros242015-16$750,000
10. Pedro MarquezofDiamondbacks212015-16$160,000

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