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Cardinals Rumored to be on Two July 2nd Signees

Old friend Kiley McDaniel, now with Fangraphs, has compiled a most difficult list of players to create – the top international prospects free to sign on July 2nd. The best part is that McDaniel has worked his contacts to come up with the best intelligence as to where these young men are most likely to sign and for how much.

The most prominent name linked to the St. Louis Cardinals for some weeks is Venezuelan right-handed pitcher Alvaro Seijas. The 16-year-old, number 17 on McDaniel’s rankings, is expected to sign for $725,000, a relative bargain compared to others of similar talent on the list.

The second name associated with the Cards is a shortstop, Raffy Ozuna. The 16-year-old Dominican comes in at number 36 on McDaniel’s list and may sign for $650,000.

If both are landed, the Cardinals would have spent just over two-thirds of their total 2015-16 International Bonus Pool of $2,038,200.

Here is a Fangraphs video of Seijas in action.

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16 Responses to “Cardinals Rumored to be on Two July 2nd Signees”

  1. blingboy says:

    Any guesses how much of those bonuses the Buscones will get?

  2. Bw52 says:

    A question Brian.
    Why can`t a team state that they will not participate in the international draft and then be able to use the money for signing the regular June draftees?Seems to me Cards losing out on American HS or College kids to spend money on young foreign players.Seems like the Cards could use the million plus dollars and sign a Kep Brown and a couple of later players.Is the International talent level that great or is this just projected future talent like the draft?I just think if Cards choose not to be involved then the money should be able to be used on main draft players.

    • Brian Walton says:

      MLB’s self-imposed rules require the two bonuses to be used separately. Perhaps down the road after an international draft is implemented, they could try to meld the two together, but I do not see it happening any time soon. Some of the many hurdles are quite sizable.

      However, even if the rules allowed it, I don’t think it would be wise for any organization to completely ignore one entire talent pool to exclusively focus on another.

      • Bw52 says:

        I was just wondering about that situation.Agree a team probably should not ignore any talent area.I guess if a team rules out of allotted money for the draft that means a player who wanted to sign but the allotted money ran out would not be able to sign a FREE AGENT contract with the team that drafted him?

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    The same list shows the Cubs as signing 9 guys versus just 2 by the Cardinals. The Cubs must have been given a much bigger signing budget by MLB.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Good catch, Jumbo. While the Cubs’ assigned budget is bigger, $3,230,700, it is not enough for all those guys.

      The Cubs must be prepared to overspend and take the penalty. They were among a handful of teams who did that last year. The penalty for overspending internationally is less than in the domestic draft and scales upward based on the size of the overspend. The tax is money and potentially $ limitation on signings in the future.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Forbes Magazine has estimated the Cards are the most profitable team in MLB. We have the dollars to be able to overspend a cap and take a penalty. We should do some of this or look for less costly amateurs in Brazil or India or China, because we are losing the war for talent in Latin America.

        • Brian Walton says:

          I suspect that you do not understand the details. Penalties beyond 5% overspend include limits on number of high bonuses paid in future years.

          Looking for talent in countries without good organized baseball programs is costly and usually unproductive. I don’t think those cricket-playing kids from India in that Disney movie ever made it, but the idea looks promising from 50,000 feet. Reality is a lot more challenging.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            Jason Motte and David Carpenter are examples that it is possible to turn men without any pitching experience into major leaguers.
            Anyone can learn baseball. If the Cards are capped internationally, it behooves them to innovate and explore untraditional areas for kids ambitious to develop into good ball players.

            • Brian Walton says:

              They were both already professional baseball players, making their chances for success exponentially greater than a 16-year-old in India who has never picked up a baseball in his life. But you knew that already…

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