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Potential Loopholes to the International Signing Period

Potential Loopholes to the International Signing Period

Ben Badler from Baseball America has long been recognized as perhaps the top guy on international prospects.  He has really been delving into the brave, new world of Latin American spending (starting this July 2nd under the new CBA) in recent weeks.  Today's piece from Badler talks about potential loopholes that savvy teams may try to exploit in order to get around the $2.9M spending cap.  The article is a good read by itself and I thought it would be a nice follow-up to our article about the viability of an international draft from last week.

Within the article, Badler lists 6 specific methods that crafty teams and international directors could employ to exploit the new system.  These ideas were garnered from interviews with scouts and international directors from MLB teams, but Badler discounts some of them out of hand for not being truly plausible.

There were two ideas, however, that I thought were interesting enough to consider as loopholes for teams willing to stray into the...

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