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  • Rangers Lead MLB Clubs In Int'l Signing Bonuses, Including Two Of Three Largest Ever

    MLB clubs spent approximately $89M on int’l signing bonuses in ’11, up 12% from ’10, according to figures compiled by BASEBALL AMERICA. Those figures exclude Cuban defectors and Japanese professionals. Estimated spending on Dominican players increased 14% to $50M in '11, with 94 Dominican players signing for $100,000 or more, up from 92 players in ‘10. Venezuelan amateurs received $29M in ‘11, a 45% increase. The Rangers led all clubs with $12.83M in int’l signing bonuses in ’11, up over $9M from their spending in ’10. The Rangers’ figure was also $5M more than what the Blue Jays spent in ’11, who ranked second with $7.57M. The Rangers dished out the highest int’l signing amateur signing bonus ever as well, with $4.95M given to 16-year-old Dominican OF Nomar Mazara. The club also had the third-highest bonus ever with $3.45M given to Dominican OF Ronald Guzman. The Dodgers have ranked last the past two seasons in int’l bonuses. The team spent $177,000 in ’11, which was $601,500 below the next-to-last team in spending (White Sox, $778,500) (BASEBALLAMERICA.com, 3/15).

    ESTIMATED '11 MLB INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR SIGNING BUDGETS
    RK
    TEAM
    '11 BONUSES
    '10 BONUSES
    1
    Rangers
    $12.83M
    $3.57M
    2
    Blue Jays
    $7.57M
    $4.18M
    3
    Royals
    $6.80M
    $2.70M
    4
    Mariners
    $6.67M
    $6.47M
    5
    Cubs
    $4.54M
    $4.16M
    6
    Pirates
    $4.09M
    $5.00M
    7
    Indians
    $3.58M
    $2.47M
    8
    Padres
    $3.48M
    $2.75M
    9
    Red Sox
    $3.25M
    $1.64M
    10
    Tigers
    $3.03M
    $2.53M
    11
    Yankees
    $2.93M
    $5.27M
    12
    Mets
    $2.86M
    $1.69M
    13
    Cardinals
    $2.63M
    $2.47M
    14
    Braves
    $2.49M
    $3.28M
    15
    Twins
    $2.31M
    $2.54M
    16
    Astros
    $2.12M
    $5.13M
    17
    Phillies
    $2.05M
    $1.46M
    18
    Reds
    $1.98M
    $1.56M
    19
    Giants
    $1.81M
    $849,000
    20
    Rays
    $1.79M
    $1.73M
    21
    Brewers
    $1.63M
    $1.39M
    22
    Rockies
    $1.45M
    $1.96M
    23
    Marlins
    $1.38M
    $1.19M
    24
    Angels
    $1.35M
    $617,000
    25
    A's
    $1.22M
    $4.73M
    26
    Nationals
    $1.12M
    $853,000
    27
    Orioles
    $1.02M
    $1.18M
    28
    D'Backs
    $876,000
    $1.42M
    29
    White Sox
    $778,500
    $345,000
    30
    Dodgers
    $177,000
    $314,000
           
    TOP 10 ALL-TIME MLB INTERNATIONAL SIGNING BONUSES
    RK
    PLAYER
    YEAR
    TEAM
    AGE
    COUNTRY
    BONUS
    1
    OF Nomar Mazara
    '11
    Rangers
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $4.95M
    2
    P Michael Ynoa
    '08
    Athletics
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $4.25M
    3
    OF Ronald Guzman
    '11
    Rangers
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $3.45M
    4
    SS Miguel Sano
    '09
    Twins
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $3.15M
    5
    OF Elier Hernandez
    '11
    Royals
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $3.00M
    6
    C Gary Sanchez
    '09
    Yankees
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $3.00M
    7
    P Adonys Cardona
    '10
    Blue Jays
    16
    Venezuela
    $2.80M
    8
    P Luis Heredia
    '10
    Pirates
    16
    Mexico
    $2.60M
    9
    OF Ariel Ovando
    '10
    Astros
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $2.60M
    10
    OF Rafael Rodriguez
    '08
    Giants
    16
    Dominican Republic
    $2.55M

     

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