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2015 International prospect signing day bonus pools and introduction

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Eduardo Rodriguez was signed by the Orioles in 2010 for $175,000
Eduardo Rodriguez was signed by the Orioles in 2010 for $175,000
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Today is July 2nd, 2015, and the market is now open for major league organizations to sign international 16-year-olds. Each team has a set bonus pool limit to work with:

Organization Bonus Pool
1) Arizona Diamondbacks $5,393,900
2) Colorado Rockies $4,966,300
3) Texas Rangers $4,586,600
4) Houston Astros $4,248,800
5) Minnesota Twins $3,948,500
6) Boston Red Sox $3,681,000
7) Chicago White Sox $3,443,000
8) Chicago Cubs $3,230,700
9) Philadelphia Phillies $3,041,700
10) Cincinnati Reds $2,873,000
11) Miami Marlins $2,779,300
12) San Diego Padres $2,691,800
13) Tampa Bay Rays $2,609,200
14) New York Mets $2,531,300
15) Atlanta Braves $2,458,400
16) Milwaukee Brewers $2,389,300
17) Toronto Blue Jays $2,324,100
18) New York Yankees $2,262,800
19) Cleveland Indians $2,204,900
20) Seattle Mariners $2,150,300
21) San Francisco Giants $2,130,900
22) Pittsburgh Pirates $2,111,900
23) Oakland Athletics $2,093,100
24) Kansas City Royals $2,074,700
25) Detroit Tigers $2,056,200
26) St. Louis Cardinals $2,038,200
27) Los Angeles Dodgers $2,020,300
28) Baltimore Orioles $2,002,900
29) Washington Nationals $1,985,400
30) Los Angeles Angels $1,968,600

However, some teams exceeded their bonus pool limits during the 2014-2015 window and as a result face penalties this year. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay Rays are not allowed to sign anyone to an individual bonus larger than $300,000. Several other teams are expected to exceed their bonus pools during the 2015-2016 signing window, including the Los Angeles Dodgers (expected to be extremely aggressive), Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays.

Keep in mind that some of the best young international players cost less than $300,000 to sign, including Luis Severino of the Yankees ($225,000), Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox ($175,000), Gregory Polanco of the Pirates ($150,000), Starlin Castro of the Cubs (just $50,000) and Yordano Ventura of the Royals (only $28,000).

We will be here throughout the day to cover all the major signings. For further reading, check the following:

Why clubs are blowing past bonus limits (John Sickels, Minor League Ball)
Forecasts for all 30 teams (Ben Badler, Baseball America)
Top 30 International Prospects (Ben Badler, Baseball America)
Sortable International Prospects scouting report board (Kiley McDaniel, Fangraphs)
Top 30 International Prospects (Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com)