Phillies Spend 7th Most on International Talent in 2014

As they kick off their 2014 International Reviews, Baseball America has released their figures on club spending on non-Cuban international signings.  The time period here covers the both the second half of the 2013-2014 spending period and the first half of the 2014-2015 spending period.  The Phillies spent the 7th most among major league clubs with $3.36 million in signings.  Of the six clubs that spent more, the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays all spent more their bonus pools in 2014-2015 time period.

The Phillies had the 7th largest pool for the 2014-2015 signing period with $3,221,800.  They spent big on a combined $2.45 million on bonuses for SS Arquimedes Gamboa, SS Daniel Brito, SS Jonathan Aruaz, and C Lenin Rodriguez.  It has already been rumored that the Phillies are planning on going past their slot allowance for the 2015-2016 signing period.  This of course follows up big money to Carlos Tocci, Deivi Grullon, Jose Pujols, and Luis Encarnacion while finding success with low money pitchers like Yoel Mecias, Severino Gonzalez, Ricardo Pinto, Elniery Garcia, and Franklyn Kilome.

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Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman

Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.


  1. Romus

    The opportunity exists that the Phillies could go hire then their current allotment if they were to make some transactions with teams that may be penalized. I wonder if they will do that. J. Ortiz alone could command a $3/4M signing bonus.

  2. Romus

    Sixteen-year-old (2014) Panamanian lefthanded pitcher, Jhon Nunez, was also signed for $80,000 last year according to some sources. Not sure how reliable that information is..

  3. phillysf

    This is somewhat misleading, phillies spent the 7th most not including Cuban players, but one of the Cuban players would have been like 10 times the total amount the phillies spent for whatever that is worth. How much did the RedSox spend on Cubans like 120 mil or something, hard to get excited over the phillies spending 3 mil and some change isnt it

    • Romus

      Well phillysf…technically the $120M Sox spent…..Castillo’s money was last year and Moncada’s money was for this year. But that is no consolation. Agree, the Phillies spending ‘spree’ is hard to get overly excited about.