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  • Mariners Top All MLB Clubs With $6.47M In Int'l Amateur Player Bonuses

    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
    TEAM
    BONUSES
    TEAM
    BONUSES
    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
    $314,000
    TOP 10 ALL-TIME MLB INTERNATIONAL SIGNING BONUSES
    PLAYER
    YEAR
    TEAM
    AGE
    COUNTRY
    BONUS
    P Michael Inoa
    '08
    Athletics
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $4.25M
    SS Miguel Sano
    '09
    Twins
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $3.15M
    C Gary Sanchez
    '09
    Yankees
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $3.00M
    P Adonys Cardona
    '10
    Blue Jays
    16
    Venezuela
    $2.80M
    P Luis Heredia
    '10
    Pirates
    16
    Mexico
    $2.60M
    OF Ariel Ovando
    '10
    Astros
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $2.60M
    OF Rafael Rodríguez
    '08
    Giants
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $2.55M
    OF Yorman Rodriguez
    '08
    Reds
    16
    Venezuela
    $2.50M
    OF Wily Mo Peña
    '99
    Yankees
    17
    Dominican Republic
    $2.44M
    SS Joel Guzmán
    '01
    Dodgers
    16
    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.

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