Bonus Pools For 2021-22 International Signing Market

The 2021-22 international signing period opens on January 15, as for the second straight season, the usual July 2 opening date for the int’l was pushed back due to the pandemic.  This new signing period will run from January 15 to December 15, and it remains to be seen exactly what will happen with international signing procedures going forward.  If the rules stay the same, presumably the 2023-24 period would begin on July 2, 2023, though it is possible the int’l market could be significantly altered (or perhaps replaced altogether by an international talent draft) in the next collective bargaining agreement.

For now, however, teams are still operating under the old bonus pool rules.  All 30 teams receive an allotted hard cap on their international signings that cannot be exceeded, though any player signed for $10K or less aren’t counted against the cap.  While teams have been allowed to trade draft pool space in past years, trades were prohibited both for this int’l signing period and for the 2020-21 period.

As per Baseball America’s Ben Badler, here are the bonus pool amounts assigned to every team…

  • Angels: $5,179,700
  • Astros: $5,179,700
  • Athletics: $5,179,700
  • Blue Jays: $4,644,000
  • Braves: $5,179,700
  • Brewers: $5,721,200
  • Cardinals: $6,262,600
  • Cubs: $5,179,700
  • Diamondbacks: $6,262,600
  • Dodgers: $4,644,000
  • Giants: $5,179,700
  • Guardians: $6,262,600
  • Mariners: $5,179,700
  • Marlins: $5,721,200
  • Mets: $5,179,700
  • Nationals: $5,179,700
  • Orioles: $6,262,600
  • Padres: $6,262,600
  • Phillies: $5,179,700
  • Pirates: $6,262,600
  • Rangers: $5,179,700
  • Rays: $5,721,200
  • Reds: $5,721,200
  • Red Sox: $5,179,700
  • Rockies: $6,262,600
  • Royals: $6,262,600
  • Tigers: $5,721,200
  • Twins: $5,721,200
  • White Sox: $5,179,700
  • Yankees: $5,179,700

The four pool sizes were determined by a number of factors.  The largest possible bonus pool ($6,262,600) was assigned to the eight teams slotted into Competitive Balance Round B in last summer’s amateur draft, while the next-largest pool ($5,721,200) went to the six teams who were in Competitive Balance Round A.

Fourteen other teams have $5,179,700 to work with in their pools, while only the Blue Jays and Dodgers have the lowest allotment ($4,644,000).  Toronto and Los Angeles each lost $500K of their international pools as part of the penalty for a signing a free agent who rejected a qualifying offer at the onset of the 2020-21 free agent offseason — the Jays signed George Springer, and the Dodgers signed Trevor Bauer.

Published at Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:42:02 +0000

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