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The Mariners spent an estimated $6.47M in signing international amateur players this offseason, tops among all MLB clubs, according to data compiled by BASEBALL AMERICA. The club had five of the 30 highest international bonuses this offseason, including $2.2M given to Dominican OF Phillips Castillo. That bonus is tied as the 12th-largest bonus ever given to an international amateur. The Yankees were second among all MLB clubs, spending $5.27. The Blue Jays gave the largest bonus of the offseason, $2.8M to Venezuelan P Adonys Cardona. That ranks as the fourth-largest international amateur bonus of all time and a record for a Venezuela-born player. Only one non-Latino player -- South Korean P Jin-Young -- received a bonus that ranked in the top 30 this year, with the Cubs giving him $850,000 (15th overall). Listed below are international amateur player bonus expenditures for MLB teams this offseason, as well as the top international amateur player bonuses of all time (BASEBALLAMERICA.com, 3/2).ESTIMATED '10 MLB INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR SIGNING SPEND
TEAMBONUSES TEAMBONUSES Mariners$6.47M Rockies$1.96M Yankees$5.27M Rays$1.73M Astros$5.13M Mets$1.69M Pirates$5.00M Red Sox$1.64M A's$4.73M Reds$1.56M Blue Jays$4.18M Phillies$1.46M Cubs$4.16M D'Backs$1.42M Rangers$3.57M Brewers$1.39M Braves$3.28M Marlins$1.19M Padres$2.75M Orioles$1.18M Royals$2.70M Nationals$853,000 Twins$2.54M Giants$849,000 Tigers$2.53M Angels$617,000 Cardinals$2.47M White Sox$345,000 Indians$2.47M Dodgers$314,000TOP 10 ALL-TIME MLB INTERNATIONAL SIGNING BONUSES PLAYERYEAR TEAMAGE COUNTRYBONUS P Michael Inoa'08 Athletics16 Dominican Republic$4.25M SS Miguel Sano'09 Twins16 Dominican Republic$3.15M C Gary Sanchez'09 Yankees16 Dominican Republic$3.00M P Adonys Cardona'10 Blue Jays16 Venezuela$2.80M P Luis Heredia'10 Pirates16 Mexico$2.60M OF Ariel Ovando'10 Astros16 Dominican Republic$2.60M OF Rafael Rodríguez'08 Giants16 Dominican Republic$2.55M OF Yorman Rodriguez'08 Reds16 Venezuela$2.50M OF Wily Mo Peña'99 Yankees17 Dominican Republic$2.44M SS Joel Guzmán'01 Dodgers16 Dominican Republic$2.26M
NOTES: List excludes Cuban defectors who competed at that country's highest level. Numbers include bonuses for prospects who have agreed to terms but are still pending official approval.