Badler: Yankees looking to trade for international pool money


Via Ben Badler (subs. req’d): The Yankees are among several clubs looking to acquire more international spending pool money in advance of the July 2nd signing period. Teams can indeed trade pool money, but the deal can not be officially announced until July 2nd.

The Yankees have just $1.88M to spending internationally this year, which is nothing. Only seven teams have pools worth more than $3M this year, so the number of clubs willing to deal international money is very limited. Badler also says clubs are having trouble working through trades because they can’t figure out how to value a chunk of money. That’s not surprising, this stuff is very weird.


  1. CountryClub says:

    What do you trade in return? A player?

  2. Kramerica Industries says:

    More brilliance by MLB.

  3. JCK says:

    How long until the owners scrap this silly new international system? It seems like all it does is hurt the majority of teams (if only 7 have more than $3MM) and make baseball less appealing to international athletes…

  4. trr says:

    This limit does not apply to older intl. players correct?

    • RetroRob says:

      No, it doesn’t, such as the Cuban pitcher who is 26.

      Wouldn’t it be funny if older international players lied about their ages now, but in the other direct. No, no, I swear I’m not 21. I’m 26!

  5. Bavarian Yankee says:

    I wonder if you can trade “cash considerations” for int. spending pool money, like giving a team $2M and getting back $1M of pool money. I’m sure the Marlins would do it :D

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      That would be pretty sick.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


      Cash consideration of any kind is not permitted to be included in a trade involving a Club’s bonus values unless the cash consideration is included to offset the salary obligation of another player included in the assignment (and is no greater than such obligations)

  6. LK says:

    Not sure what fair value would be, but I’m happy they’re looking to get some more cash. The international signing limits are really going to restrict the way the team has operated.

  7. TomH says:

    Does Hal get involved in the sorts of negotiations and planning sessions that lead to these leveling moves?

  8. Jp says:

    Just keep the buffoon Levine out of it. He’ll trade 10 players for 1 million dollars. He needs to stick to his dogs.

  9. Robinson Tilapia says:


  10. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Isn’t their total pool $1.88M this year? I think the $1.18M is the total of their 4 slot values, and teams get $700K on top of their 4 slot values. (in addition to the 6 $50K exemptions)
    They’d then be able to trade for an additional amount up to 50% of their pool, so up to an additional $940K, I believe.

  11. abu says:

    this sounds so stupid.

  12. Bo Knows says:

    You know what might make sense? Giving everyone the exact same amount of pool money to work with (let’s say $5 million) that way everyone is on a level field, there is still plenty of money to sign several top prospects but not enough that teams can go crazy and gip the system.

    But I guess easy is not convoluted or on a level of useless idiocy to fly for Selig.

    • Fernando says:

      This + 100. The players aold put the amateurs so that free agency would not be affected. Odd that to create parity, Selig created a system that does not treat teams the same way.

  13. gageagainstthemachine says:

    This has Constanza being traded for a bucket of Tyler chicken all over it!!

  14. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    If they ransom off Cashman, what would that come to in pesos? Rice & beans? Included Levine & his dogs as a throw in?

  15. Manny's BanWagon says:

    This whole system is just so assinine.

    MLB wants parity and that’s what they’re gonna get which is unfortunate for Yankees fans.

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