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Should the Pirates Go All In On International Signings This Year?

Should the Pirates Go All In On International Signings This Year?

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement brought changes to the draft and the international markets, with the big changes being harsh penalties for teams who go over their allotted draft or international bonus pools. On the international market, if a team goes over their allocated pool, they would receive harsh penalties the following year, including a tax and the loss in the ability to sign expensive international free agents.

Ben Badler brought up an interesting way that some teams could exploit the CBA. There's a chance that MLB could move to an international draft next year. If that happens, Badler notes that the penalties for going over the pool switch to the following.

**0-5 percent over pool: 75 percent tax on the pool overage.
**5-10 percent over pool: 75 percent tax on the p...

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