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2018-19 international bonus pools, rules, signings

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An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of the next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract.

Clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft receive a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft receive $5,504,500. All other clubs receive $4,983,500.

An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of the next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract.

Clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft receive a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft receive $5,504,500. All other clubs receive $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like but can only acquire 75 percent of a team's initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club's bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 years of age and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

Under the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams were allowed to exceed their bonus pool, but would face a penalty for doing so. Under the new CBA, the spending pools are a "hard cap" and cannot be exceeded. However, the A's, Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Nationals, Padres, Reds and White Sox all exceeded their pools under the previous CBA and their penalties were grandfathered in. As a result, none of those teams are permitted to sign an individual player for more than $300,000 this period.

Starting Pools

$6,025,400: Reds, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, Athletics, Rays
$5,504,500: D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Rockies, Royals, Pirates, Padres
$5,004,500: Cardinals
$4,983,500: Braves, Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Astros, Angels, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets, Mariners, Giants, Rangers, Blue Jays, Nationals
$3,949,000: Phillies

Remaining Pools (updated Feb. 8, 2019)

Orioles: $5,953,500
*Cardinals: $1,586,300
*Athletics: $1,139,500
*Astros: $972,600
Dodgers: $917,600
Rangers: $822,600
Phillies: $744,000
Rays: $730,500
*Braves: $722,600
Red Sox: $690,100
Cubs: $672,600
Pirates: $613,500
Marlins: $554,500
*White Sox: $527,600
*Reds: $457,500
Mets: $422,600
Brewers: $318,750
*Nationals: $127,600
Royals: $96,500
Twins: $79,500
Tigers: $44,600
Blue Jays: $37,600
Indians: $36,000
*Padres: $13,500
Mariners: $12,600
D-backs: $5,500
Rockies: $5,500
Angels: $2,600
Yankees: $2,600
Giants: $100
* Can't sign a player for more than $300,000

Top 30 international prospects
1. Victor Victor Mesa, OF, Cuba --- Marlins ($5,250,000) More »
2. Diego Cartaya, C, Venezuela -- Dodgers ($2,500,000) More »
3. Marco Luciano, OF, Dominican Republic -- Giants ($2,600,000) More »
4. Yolbert Sanchez, SS, Cuba
5. Misael Urbina, OF, Venezuela -- Twins (2,750,000) More »
6. Orelvis Martinez, SS, Dominican Republic -- Blue Jays ($3,500,000) More »
7. Richard Gallardo, RHP, Venezuela -- Cubs ($1,000,000) More »
8. Gabriel Rodriguez, SS, Venezuela -- Indians ($2,100,000) More »
9. Noelvi Marte, SS, Dominican Republic -- Mariners ($1,550,000) More »
10. Alexander Vargas, SS, Cuba --- Yankees ($2,500,000) More »
11. Starlyn Castillo, RHP, Dominican Republic -- Phillies ($1,600,000) More »
12. Osiel Rodriguez, RHP, Cuba -- Yankees More »
13. Kevin Alcantara, SS, Dominican Republic -- Yankees More »
14. Antonio Gomez, C, Venezuela -- Yankees ($600,000) More »
15. Junior Sanquintin, SS, Dominican Republic -- Indians ($1,250,000) More »
16. Francisco Alvarez, C, Venezuela -- Mets ($2,700,000) More »
17. Sandy Gaston, RHP, Cuba -- Rays ($2,000,000) More »
18. Jose De La Cruz, OF, Dominican Republic -- Tigers (1,800,000) More »
19. Alvin Guzman, OF, Dominican Republic -- D-backs (1,850,000) More »
20. Jose Lopez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Cubs ($1,500,000) More »
21. Eduarqui Fernandez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Brewers ($1,100,000) More »
22. Adinso Reyes, SS, Dominican Republic -- Tigers ($1,450,000) More »
23. Eduardo Garcia, SS, Venezuela -- Brewers More »
24. Jose Rodriguez, C, Venezuela -- Rangers ($2,000,000) More »
25. Alejandro Pie*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Rays ($1,400,000) More »
26. Eduardo Lopez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Red Sox ($1,150,000) More »
27. Alexander Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Angels More »
28. Freddy Valdez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Mets ($1,450,000) More »
29. Branlyn Jaraba, SS, Colombia -- Brewers ($1,100,000) More »
30. Luis Matos, OF, Venezuela -- Giants ($725,000) More »

Complete list with scouting reports, grades, video and more »