The Phillies already have reached their 2016-17 bonus pool allotment. If they sign Robert before June 15, the Phillies would be penalized and not allowed to sign any international prospects for more than $300,000 during the next two international signing periods, in addition to paying a 100 percent tax on the pool overage.
In other words, if the Phillies exceed their allotment, they could not sign an international prospect for more than $300,000 until July 2, 2019.
MLB.com wrote earlier this week that the A's, Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Nationals, Padres and Reds are in the running for Robert because they already exceeded their 2016-17 pool allotments and would have to sign Robert before the international signing period starts again on July 2. Teams like the Angels, Blue Jays, Cubs, D-backs, Dodgers, Rays, Red Sox, Royals and Yankees are out of the running because they previously exceeded their pool allotments and cannot sign players for more than $300,000.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.