Cubs 2019-20 International Signing Period (J-2 Players)

10/30 UPDATE:

The Cubs officially signed two more 2019-20 J-2 IFA:

Gabriel Disla, OF 
R/R, 5'11 165, Age 18 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Edgar Mercedes, RHP 
R/R, 6'8 190, Age 18 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Both were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contract) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #1. 
 
The signing bonuses have not yet been reported. 

So the Cubs have signed eleven J-2 IFA (so far) in the 2019-20 ISP that began on July 2nd (see complete list-to-date below). 

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9/26 UPDATE

The Cubs have officially signed five more 2019-20 J-2 IFA: 

Jose Acila, P
R/R, 5'11 170, Age 19 
VENEZUELA  

Leury Gomez, P 
R/R, 6'2 160, Age 17 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Luis Maza, SS 
L/R, 5'10 150, Age 16 
VENEZUELA 

Robinson Rodriguez, P 
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 19 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Albaro Santana, P 
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 19 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

All five were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contract) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #1. 

The signing bonuses have not yet been reported. 


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8/5 UPDATE

The Cubs have signed their fourth 2019-20 J-2 IFA: 

Dawel Rodriguez, P
R/R, 6'3 200, Age 20
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Unlike Altuve, Made, and Quintero, D. Rodriguez was not "Signed for Future Service," so he will likely be activated prior to the conclusion of the DSL season. 

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7/2 UPDATE

The Cubs have officially signed their first three 2019-20 J-2 IFA: 

Brayan Altuve, C 
R/R, 5'11 160, Age 16 
VENEZUELA 
$1M signing bonus (see NOTE below)

Kevin Made, SS 
R/R, 6'1 160, Age 16 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  
$1.5M signing bonus (see NOTE below)

Ronnier Quintero, C 
L/R, 6'0 175.Age 16
VENEZUELA 
$2.9M signing bonus (see NOTE below) 

All three were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contracts), so they will not be making their pro debuts until sometime next year. 

Unless and until the Cubs acquire additional ISBP via trade, they have maxed-out their 2019-20 ISBP and cannot give a signing bonus in excess of $10,000 to any J-2 IFA beyond the three already signed. 

NOTE: The three signing bonuses listed above were reported by mlb.com, but collectively the bonuses exceed the Cubs 2019-20 ISBP limit by $1,700, so they cannot be 100% accurate (one of the three had to get at least $1,700 less than the bonus reported by mlb.com for that player).  

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INTERNATIONAL FREE-AGENTS SIGNED BY CUBS IN 2019-20 INTERNATIONAL SIGNING PERIOD

Last updated 10-30-2019

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

NOTE: Age listed is the player's age when he signed 

PITCHERS: (6)
Jose Acila (age 19) - VENEZUELA - 5'11 170 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019
Leury Gomez (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 160 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019 
Edgar Mercedes (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'8 190 - SIGNED OCTOBER 2019  
Dawel Rodriguez (age 20) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'3 200 - SIGNED AUGUST 2019 
Robinson Rodriguez (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 190 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019 
Albaro Santana (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 190 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019 

CATCHERS: (2)
Brayan Altuve (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 5'11 160 - SIGNED JULY 2019
* Ronnier Quintero (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 6'0 175 - SIGNED JULY 2019

INFIELDERS: (2)
Kevin Made (age 16) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 160 - SIGNED JULY 2019 
* Luis Maza (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 5'10 150 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019 

OUTFIELDERS: (1)
Gabriel Disla (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 5'11 165 -  SIGNED OCTOBER 2019 

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7/1 ORIGINAL POST


The "International Signing Period" (ISP) extends from July 2nd through June 15th of the following year. No international player can be signed during the period of time extending from June 16th through July 1st.

Any individual who is age 17 or older, has not previously signed an MLB or minor league contract, resides outside the U. S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U. S., Canada, or Puerto Rico within the previous year, can be signed during the "International Signing Period." Also, a 16-year old international player can be signed if the individual will turn 17 prior to September 1st or prior to the conclusion of the regular season of the minor league club to which the player is assigned (whichever comes first).
NOTE: These players are sometimes referred to as "J-2 players," because they can be signed beginning on July 2nd ("J-2"). 

An international player can be "Signed for Future Service" (contract is for the following season) if the player signs a contract during the period of time starting on July 2nd up through December 31st.

In addition, a 16-year old international player who otherwise would not be eligible to sign can be "Signed for Future Service" (that is, contract is for the following season) if the player signs a contract July 2nd through August 31st.


INTERNATIONAL SIGNING BONUS POOL 

There is a maximum limit on the aggregate amount of money each MLB club can pay as signing bonuses to international first-year players.

1. Each MLB club is assigned an "International Signing Bonus Pool" (ISBP) prior to the start of the International Signing Period (ISP). 

2019-20 ISP: 
$6,481,200 for MLB clubs that have selections in Competitive Balance Round "B" (between the 2nd & 3rd rounds) of the MLB Rule 4 Draft;
$5,939,800 for MLB clubs that have selections in Competitive Balance Round "A" (between the 1st & 2nd rounds) of the MLB Rule 4 Draft; 
$5,398,300 for all other MLB clubs (including the Cubs). 

2. Any signing bonus of $10,000 or less does not count toward a club's ISBP limit. 

3. An MLB club (excluding clubs that receive CBT revenue sharing and MLB Rule 4 Competitive Balance draft picks) that signs an Article XX-B Qualified Player (not including its own Qualified Players) will have $500,000 subtracted from its assigned International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) in the next full International Signing Period (ISP) for each Qualified Player signed, and an MLB club that is a Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) payor (club's payroll from the previous season exceeded the CBT threshold) would have $1,000,000 subtracted from its ISBP in the next ISP for each Qualified Player signed. (The Competitive Balance Tax threshold is $195M in 2017, $197M in 2018, $206M in 2019, $208M in 2020, and $210M in 2021).
NOTE: The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies had their 2019-20 ISBP reduced by $500K and the Washington Nationals had their 2019-20 ISBP reduced by $1M as the result of signing post-2018 MLB Article XX-B Qualified Players (and because the Nationals exceeded the CBT threshold in 2018, they had their 2019-20 ISBP reduced by $1M). 

4. A club cannot exceed its assigned ISBP plus a maximum additional 60% of its assigned ISBP that might be acquired via trade or trades. 

5. A club can carry-over up to $400K in ISBP space from one ISP to the next ISP if a contract or contracts signed by a player or players is/are voided after the conclusion of the ISP during which the contract or contracts was/were signed. The amount of ISBP space carried-over from the previous ISP must match the amount of ISBP space that was deducted from the club's ISBP after the player or players signed their contracts. If the amount of ISBP space deducted exceeded $400K, the amount of ISBP space in excess of $400K that is carried-over to the next ISP will be divided up into 29 equal amounts and added to the ISBP of the other 29 MLB clubs. 
NOTE: A club's right to carry-over ISBP space from one ISP to the next ISP only applies to contracts that are voided as the result of the player failing his physical or being unable to obtain a visa to the U. S. or if an investigation by the MLB Commissioner determines the player falsified his age and/or identity prior to signing the contract. It does not apply to contracts voided by the MLB Commissioner as a result of a rules violation by the club.

5. The MLB Commissioner can order a club to forfeit up to 50% of its assigned ISBP from one or more ISP and/or one or more player contract(s) can be voided if it is determined that a club and/or a player or players attempted to circumvent the international signing bonus rules.


ISBP RESTRICTIONS/EXCEPTIONS

1. A international first-year player subject to ISBP restrictions cannot be signed to a Major League contract.

2. A player age 25 or older who has spent all or part of at least six seasons playing in an MLB-recognized foreign professional or "major" league is considered to be a "Foreign Professional" player. A "Foreign Professional" is not subject to ISBP international first-year player restrictions and can sign a Major League or minor league contract with any MLB organization without restriction. A signing bonus paid to a "Foreign Professional" does - NOT - count against the club’s ISBP.
NOTE: Beginning with the 2018-19 ISP, any "Foreign Professional" player under contract to a Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Mexican League) club can sign a Major League or minor league contract with any MLB organization after the conclusion of the LMB season (including post-season), or (with consent of the player's LMB club) during the LMB season. If an MLB club signs an LMB player with "Foreign Professional" player status, the MLB club must pay the LMB club a one-time release fee equal to 15% of the total value of the contract if the player signs a Major League contract or 35% of the total value of the contract if the player signs a minor league contract. No release fee would be paid by the MLB club if the player's contract has expired or if the contract had been terminated by the LMB club prior to the MLB club offering a contract to the player.     

3. A player under contract to a Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Mexican League) club who has not yet reached "Foreign Professional" player status may sign a minor league contract with an MLB organization - IF - the LMB club agrees to release the player so that he can sign with the MLB club. The Mexican League club would receive a one-time release fee equal to 35% of the total value of the contract (by rule an international player who is not yet a "Foreign Professional" cannot sign a Major League contract). The release fee paid by an MLB club to an LMB club does - NOT - count against the MLB club's ISBP.    
NOTE: Prior to the 2018-19 ISP, up to 75% of a signing bonus paid to a Mexican League player (or a player under contractual control of an LMB club) who had not yet reached "Foreign Professional" player status did not count against the MLB club's ISBP if the signing bonus was paid to the Mexican League club and not directly to the player and the player received no more than 25% of the signing bonus from the Mexican League club. 


TRADING/ACQUIRING ISBP SPACE

A club can trade up to 100% of its ISBP, and a club can acquire up to 60% of its assigned ISBP via trade or trades.

While up to 100% of a club's originally-assigned ISBP (plus up to an additional 60% of the club's originally-assigned ISBP that might be acquired in a trade or trades) can be traded, there are some restrictions:

1. A club's ISBP (or a portion of it) can only be traded during the International Signing Period (ISP) to which the ISBP was assigned (July 2nd through June 15th of the following year);

2. A club can trade ISBP space only in increments of $250K (including multiples of $250K) unless the club is trading all of its remaining ISBP in one transaction.

3. A club's ISBP (or a portion of it) cannot be sold for cash. However, cash can be exchanged if it is used to offset the salary or salaries of a player or players acquired in return for the SBV;

4. A club's ISBP (or a portion of it) cannot be substituted for a "Player to Be Named Later" (PTBNL);

5. Another club's ISBP (or a portion of it) acquired in a trade can be traded ("flipped") to a third club.

Comments

Wow, all three are 16 years old at this time.

They also signed Luis Berelleza, on the first of August.

Odd that the Tyler Schlaffer signing just became official.

TIM: Luis Berelleza was one of three IFA signed by the Cubs on June 14 (the day before the conclusion of the 2018-19 ISP). Only the four players listed above (Altuve, Made, Quintero, and D. Rodriguez) have been signed by the Cubs (so far) in the 2019-20 ISP.

The signing dates reported on mlb.com are not always accurate. 

AZ Phil, thanks for keeping us updated on IFA’s Signings. It’s great to have somebody with inside info.

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  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 21 min ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 23 min ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 26 min ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 28 min ago (view)

    The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.

    also, z.wheeler 5/100+ to the phillies.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    I think without the off-field issues, a front-office might at least be tempted to gamble on Russell's youth and dreams of his upside. But with what we all know about him now, the challenges of improving both on and off the field are too great to gamble on.

     

  • George Altman 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    This was the easiest non-tender decision, maybe ever. As if there weren't enough off-field reasons alone, there were even more baseball reasons. He became a sub .700 OPS hitter with bottom of the order OBA results. His defense, formerly his strength, became inconsistent due to attention deficit issues. He turned himself into bench infielder with suspect skills which is someone you don't pay more than $1--1.5M/yr.

     

  • crunch 3 days 17 min ago (view)

    he was due for a 3.5-4m payday (3.4m last year) at a minimum, anyway.

    it's as good of a time as any to cut him loose.  nico hoener's spring just became a lot more important.

     

  • Craig A. 3 days 34 min ago (view)

    Addison Russell, to no one's surprise, was  non-tendered. I still think he has the talent to excel in the major leagues, but it'll take a new attitude for him to realize his potential. It can't be easy to deal with his baggage in front of millions of fans. I won't forget his contributions in 2016, or that beautiful play that used to be the banner of TCR.

     

  • crunch 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    keuchel doesn't have draft pick compensation attached to him and he's a decent enough ground ball pitcher...that will be attractive to a lot of clubs.  that would put 3 lefties in the cubs rotation (pending a trade) again, though.  not sure they want to go for that look again.

    that said, i still imagine the cubs are probably looking to make this thing happen via trade.  it's hard to tell what their $$ situation is, but they've done a great job signaling they're not looking to spend $$ this offseason.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Looking for impact starting pitchers, but won't be shopping at the top of the market? So I guess they won't be in the market for impact starting pitching.

    Still hoping they find a taker for Q.

     

  • crunch 5 days 3 hours ago (view)

    "Patrick Mooney of The Athletic writes the Cubs are in the market for impact starting pitchers but won't be shopping at the top of the market."

    darvish, lester, hendricks, Q, (???, a.mills, t.chatwood)...pending trades

    d.keuchel?  r.porcello?  trade target pitcher?

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: I suspect going into his age 30 season and coming off a great year as a pinch-hitter, LaStella wanted a chance to be an everyday player, and since that obviously wasn't going to happen if he stayed with the Cubs, TLS (or his agent) may have asked the Cubs to trade him somewhere he could get that opportunity.

     

  • crunch 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    dunno any official reasoning, but his D is miserable and they decided to "upgrade" there with descalso for similar loot as well as getting a trade piece back.  the whole a.russell thing was lingering over the team.

    it's not like descalso is great with the glove, but la stella plays a miserable 2nd and meh 3rd.

    i do wonder if things would have turned out differently if russell wasn't due to miss significant time.

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Was just thinking about this, maybe that isn't a good thing for TLS?  I wonder if Maddon will use TLS differently after seeing his success last year.  That's my gripe with people complaining about Theo trading away a player that turns into an All Star.  If TLS had stayed with the Cubs, Maddon would most likely kept using him in the same manner and with the same results.