Comments on: Potential Loopholes to the International Signing Period http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/potential-loopholes-to-the-international-signing-period.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:56:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Kevin_Creagh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/potential-loopholes-to-the-international-signing-period.html#comment-14878 Wed, 09 May 2012 19:19:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30606#comment-14878 No, that is what people are saying could happen. It’s incredible to think about, but changing citizenship is seen as “viable”.

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By: Paul http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/potential-loopholes-to-the-international-signing-period.html#comment-14873 Wed, 09 May 2012 17:13:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30606#comment-14873 I just read the following from Ben Badler on BA:

“The rule applies to Mexican citizens only, the official said, so teams
can’t send a Dominican or Venezuelan player to a Mexican League team to
try to get around the new bonus rules.”

So unless the player obtains Mexican citizenship it would seem this is not the loophole originally theorized.

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By: sweetleb http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/potential-loopholes-to-the-international-signing-period.html#comment-14872 Wed, 09 May 2012 16:18:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30606#comment-14872 how about a bag of cash off the books of corse, kind of what they do in college football.

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By: Kevin_Creagh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/potential-loopholes-to-the-international-signing-period.html#comment-14871 Wed, 09 May 2012 15:47:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30606#comment-14871 The theory is that the trainer gets a cut on the back half from the Mex League team. In the BA piece, he mentions that a group of people bought a defunct Mex League franchise for the purpose of potentially attracting Latin American players.
And in Latin American signings, no one cares about the player’s benefit. That’s the sad truth.

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By: Paul http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/potential-loopholes-to-the-international-signing-period.html#comment-14870 Wed, 09 May 2012 15:21:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=30606#comment-14870 I’m having a hard time understanding how the Mexican League route would benefit the player or trainer in any way. (I understand how it helps the Mexican League and the MLB team.)

What is the motivation for the player to go this route and potentially receive far less money? Wouldn’t the trainer get shutout of the money, or does he receive a cut? If so, does the trainer’s cut come from the Mexican League or the player?

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