One thing that is new this year on the international market is that teams can trade from their bonus pools. A team can trade for bonus pool money, giving them the ability to acquire up to 50% of their original bonus pool. For example, the Pirates have a bonus pool of $2,426,000. That means they can trade for up to $1,213,000 in additional pool money.
What I didn't know until today is that there are "international bonus slots", which are broken down here by Baseball America. Every team has four bonus slots. For the Pirates, those slots break down as follows:
The teams also get an additional $700,000 outside of the bonus slots.
These slots are meaningless when it comes to what you can spend on players. The Pirates could spend their entire $2,426,000 on one player if they chose to go that route. They also don't have to spend $878,900 on their highest guy. Pretty much they can spend their bonus pool however they want. The...
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