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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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