Top 50 International Bonuses Of 2016

See Also: 2016 International Reviews Index Below are the 50 biggest signing bonuses for international amateur players during the 2016 calendar year. The list includes all players subject to the international bonus pools and excludes older players who were exempt, such as Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel or Dodgers righthander Yaisel Sierra. All but one—Cuban outfielder/first baseman Yordan Alvarez, who signed with the Dodgers then was traded to the Astros—signed during the current 2016-17 signing period that began last year on July 2. Most of the bonuses at the top of the list went to Cuban players. Of the 15 players who signed for at least $2 million, 11 were from Cuba. Braves shortstop Kevin Maitan drew the biggest bonus among non-Cuban players, setting a Venezuelan record at $4.25 million. Padres shortstop Luis Almanzar’s $4.05 million was the highest bonus for a Dominican player. The 28 highest bonuses all came from teams that went over their international bonus pools. In all, 37 of the 50 biggest signings went to teams that exceeded their pools. The Padres have the most players on the list with 11, while the Braves (7), Astros (5), Cardinals (4), Nationals, Phillies, Rangers, Rockies (3 each), Reds and Brewers (2 each) also have multiple players on the list. Venezuela is the country with the most players on the list (18), followed by the Dominican Republic (16), Cuba (15) and Mexico (1). Outfielders Albert Guaimaro (Marlins) and Simon Muzziotti (Phillies) each originally signed for $300,000 with the Red Sox in 2015, but the commissioner’s office removed them from the organization and made them free agents. The amount they received above $300,000 counts against their teams’ 2016-17 bonus pools.

No. Player Pos Country Team Bonus
1 Adrian Morejon lhp Cuba Padres $11,000,000
T-2 Alfredo Rodriguez ss Cuba Reds $7,000,000
T-2 Jorge Oña of Cuba Padres $7,000,000
4 Vladimir Gutierrez rhp Cuba Reds $4,750,000
5 Kevin Maitan ss Venezuela Braves $4,250,000
6 Luis Almanzar ss Dominican Padres $4,050,000
7 Yasel Antuna ss Dominican Nationals $3,900,000
8 Abrahan Gutierrez c Venezuela Braves $3,530,000
T-9 Lazaro Armenteros of Cuba Athletics $3,000,000
T-9 Michel Baez rhp Cuba Padres $3,000,000
11 Jonatan Machado of Cuba Cardinals $2,350,000
12 Ronald Bolaños rhp Cuba Padres $2,250,000
T-13 Cionel Perez lhp Cuba Astros $2,000,000
T-13 Yordan Alvarez of/1b Cuba Dodgers $2,000,000
T-13 Norge Ruiz rhp Cuba Athletics $2,000,000
T-16 Yunior Severino ss Dominican Braves $1,900,000
T-16 Gabriel Arias ss Venezuela Padres $1,900,000
T-16 Johan Oviedo rhp Cuba Cardinals $1,900,000
19 Jeisson Rosario of Dominican Padres $1,850,000
T-20 Yerdelluis Vargas ss Dominican Athletics $1,500,000
T-20 Victor Garcia of Venezuela Cardinals $1,500,000
T-20 Tirso Ornelas of Mexico Padres $1,500,000
T-20 Anibal Sierra ss Cuba Astros $1,500,000
24 Luis Garcia ss Dominican Nationals $1,300,000
T-25 Justin Lopez ss Venezuela Padres $1,250,000
T-25 Randy Arozarena of Cuba Cardinals $1,250,000
T-27 Juan Contreras rhp Dominican Braves $1,200,000
T-27 Freudis Nova ss Dominican Astros $1,200,000
29 Yanio Perez of Cuba Rangers $1,140,000
T-30 Josue Guerrero of Dominican White Sox $1,100,000
T-30 Marcos Brito ss Dominican Athletics $1,100,000
32 Yenci Pena ss Dominican Braves $1,050,000
T-33 Yefri del Rosario rhp Dominican Braves $1,000,000
T-33 Jordy Barley ss Dominican Padres $1,000,000
T-33 Livan Soto ss Venezuela Braves $1,000,000
T-33 Yeikel Blandin of Venezuela Rockies $1,000,000
T-33 Yorbin Ceuta ss Venezuela Astros $1,000,000
38 Jose Sanchez ss Venezuela Nationals $950,000
T-39 Alfredo Garcia lhp Venezuela Rockies $900,000
T-39 Brayan Gonzalez ss Venezuela Phillies $900,000
41 Leuri Mejia of Dominican Rangers $850,000
42 Alison Quintero c Venezuela Padres $830,000
T-43 Pablo Abreu of Dominican Brewers $800,000
T-43 Albert Guaimaro of Venezuela Marlins $800,000
T-43 David Garcia c Venezuela Rangers $800,000
46 Simon Muzziotti of Venezuela Phillies $750,000
47 Jean Carlos Carmona ss Dominican Brewers $725,000
48 Francisco Morales rhp Venezuela Phillies $720,000
49 Diego Blanco rhp Venezuela Rockies $700,000
50 Angel Macuare rhp Venezuela Astros $695,000

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