With spending on global amateurs restricted, Major League Baseball may not be the No. 1 choice for most Latin American prospects. Teams in Japan and South Korea could be alternatives that are more rewarding.
“That might be the case,” Colombian right-hander Luis Escobar, a 21-year-old Pittsburgh prospect, said Sunday in the All-Star Futures Game. “Individuals can consider it as just another alternative and chance to play”
Yoan Moncada came in the minor leagues two years ago with a record $31.5-million signing bonus. Offers are banned under rules that took effect.
“I just wanted to escape Cuba and play baseball,” the 22-year-old Chicago White Sox infield prospect stated. “The money, of course, helps. What moved me just left. I am not paying attention to this happening.”
At the 2016-17 signing year, Moncada was one of seven Cubans who consented to bonuses at or bigger than the 2017-18 team caps: The White Sox spent $26-million for outfielder Luis Robert; Cincinnati $7-million for shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez, $5-million for second baseman Jose Garcia and $4.75-million for right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez; and San Diego $11-million for left-hander Adrian Morejon and $7-million for outfielder Jorge Ona.
Moncada did not even get an opportunity to stay with the Red Sox, who paid an extra $31.5-million in tax for him. He was dealt to the White Sox as part of the swap that brought Chris Sale.
Under the labor contract agreed to by the players’ union during the off-season, 16 major league teams are limited to $4.75-million for global amateurs at the signing period that began July 2, six to $5.25-million and eight to $5.75-million — all not counting bonuses of up to $10,000. Clubs can exchange their allocation, together with the limitation a team can obtain only 75 per cent.
The definition of amateur was increased from under 23 years old with fewer than five seasons of expertise with less than six decades to below 25.
MLB clubs might be outbid by teams.
“To the extent an global player has another option he’s considering taking advantage of, he could,” said players’ association head Tony Clark, a former All-Star first baseman. “My understanding is that players have. We will have to see how the next few years of global signings work.”
Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of the All-Star outfielder, maintained he wouldn’t have been enticed.
“I would not go there,” said the 18-year-old, who signed with Toronto two decades back and had a pair of hits as the youngest player in the Futures Game.
Restraints on amateur draft spending for players living in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada started in 2012, with each group assigned a signing pool and a club punished with missing draft picks for exceeding its pool by over 5 percent. No staff went over that brink.
Each group was also given a $2.9-million pool in 2012-13 for global amateurs — but a team has been permitted to go over with a penalty tax and spending limitations the next two years since the penalties.
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Yadier Alvarez, who started on Sunday for the World team, agreed to a bonus. Additional Cubans with large deals comprised Arizona right-hander Yoan Lopez ($8.26-million), Los Angeles Angels infielder Roberto Baldoquin ($8-million) and Dodgers right-hander Pablo Fernandez ($8-million).
Some players complained because their signing bonuses were restricted than obligations under the 2012-16 rules to their counterparts.
“The machine was unbalanced,” Clark said, describing the new hard cap was put in place “to have equal systems”
An outfielder awarded a $ 1,625,000 bonus by Texas as the 29th selection, Lewis Brinson, said amateurs have a background than draft selections.
“Those men are coming from near nothing, so that they could use a little additional cash,” said the 23-year-old, who made his big league debut with Milwaukee last month. “So I am not mad at them”
While gamers are not eligible until the year of the high school course graduation, International amateurs could be signed around their birthday.
Alex Verdugo said players should be conscious of their kids.
“It is difficult for them being so young and having to leave their homes and coming out here and sort of feel alone,” he said.