The Pittsburgh Pirates made Dominican outfielder Jean Eusebio their biggest international signing of the 2016-17 signing period. Since the Pirates finished the 2015 season with the second best record in baseball, that meant their bonus pool for the 2016-17 signing period was the second lowest in all of baseball. At a $550,000 bonus, Eusebio took up nearly 30% on their entire bonus pool. He didn't put up the best stats in his first year of pro ball, but he showed why the Pirates were heavily interested in him.
Most of the best players during each international signing period end up signing on July 2nd, which is the first day 16-year-old players can sign each year. Eusebio was only 15 years old on July 2, 2016, still 51 days away from his birthday, so he wasn't eligible to sign. Ben Badle...
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