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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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