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Changes Coming to International Free Agency

Changes Coming to International Free Agency

The Pirates spent $2.6 M on Luis Heredia in 2010.

We've heard a lot about the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks as it pertains to the draft and free agency.  Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated tweeted a CBA update on the changes that could be coming to the international market.  Segura reports that the new CBA is said to include a hard cap and floor for international signings.

This raises a lot of questions, specifically centering around the definition of "international signings".  I assume this means players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and the other usual sources of international talent.  I wouldn't imagine this would include Japan or Cuba, since those players are seen more as MLB free agents, rather than international free agents.  The current prices for the Japanese and Cuban talent would make it impossible to impose a cap, especially when you talk about a guy like Yu Darvish, who could make $100 M.

Neither a cap nor a floor would really affect the Pirates...

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