Cubs 2019-20 International Signing Period (J-2 Players)
The Cubs have officially signed one more 2019-20 IFA
Bryan Serra, 2B
R/R, 5'10 173, Age 21
He was assigned to DSL Cubs Red (formerly known as DSL Cubs #2)
So the Cubs have signed 22 J-2 IFA so far in the 2019-20 ISP (see full list below).
The Cubs have officially signed two more 2019-20 IFA:
Wally Soto, C
L/R, 5'10 170, Age 17
Liomny Vasquez, 3B
R/R, 6'0 183, Age 18
Both were assigned to DSL Cubs Red (formerly known as DSL Cubs #2).
So the Cubs have signed 21 J-2 IFA so far in the 2019-20 ISP.
The Cubs top 2019-20 J-2 IFA signings so far are C Ronnier Quintero, SS Kevin Made, C Brayan Altuve, and OF Anderson Suriel (see full list below).
The Cubs have officially signed their 19th 2019-20 IFA:
Frank Hernandez, RHP/OF (two-way player)
R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18
The 18-year old Hernandez (he turns 19 next month) was the star (OF & RHP) of the Spanish 18U team that played for the World Cup in South Korea last summer, and he is the first player ever signed by the Cubs out of Spain.
He has been assigned to DSL Cubs #2 (Future Service Contract - signed 2020 contract) and is being officially carried as a pitcher on the DSL Cubs #2 roster, although he was signed as a "two-way player."
NOTE: Hernandez was signed prior to January 1st so he can be carried as a "Future Services Player" (and thus not count against the DSL Cubs Blue reserve list limit until DSL Opening Day). Although Hernandez was signed about a month ago, the filing of his contract and the required approval by MLB was delayed because the MLB office was closed for two weeks over Christmas - New Year's.
The Cubs have officially signed seven more 2019-20 IFA:
Gregoris Carrasquel, RHP
R/R, 6'3 178, Age 20
Anthony Martinez, RHP
R/R, 6'3 175, Age 19
Anthony Mendez, RHP
R/R, 6'1 180, Age 17
Gleiber Morales, RHP
R/R, 5'10 165, Age 17
Oliver Roque, RHP
R/R, 6'3 180, Age 17
Dilan Granadillo, C
B/R, 5'9 175, Age 18
Anderson Suriel, OF
L/L, 6'1 175, Age 16
All seven were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contract) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #1.
The Cubs officially signed three more 2019-20 J-2 IFA:
Brayan Altuve, C
R/R, 511 160, Age 16
$1M signing bonus
Gabriel Disla, OF
R/R, 5'11 165, Age 18
Edgar Mercedes, RHP
R/R, 6'8 190, Age 18
Al three were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contract) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #1.
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).
The Cubs have officially signed five more 2019-20 J-2 IFA:
Jose Acila, P
R/R, 5'11 170, Age 19
Leury Gomez, P
R/R, 6'2 160, Age 17
Luis Maza, SS
L/R, 5'10 150, Age 16
Robinson Rodriguez, P
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 19
Albaro Santana, P
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 19
All five were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contract) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #2.
The signing bonuses have not yet been reported.
The Cubs have signed their third 2019-20 J-2 IFA:
Dawel Rodriguez, P
R/R, 6'3 200, Age 20
Unlike 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.
The Cubs have officially signed their first two 2019-20 J-2 IFA:
Kevin Made, SS
R/R, 6'1 160, Age 16
$1.5M signing bonus
Ronnier Quintero, C
L/R, 6'0 175.Age 16
$2.9M signing bonus
Both were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contracts) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #1, so they will not be making their pro debuts until sometime next year.
INTERNATIONAL FREE-AGENTS SIGNED BY CUBS IN 2019-20 INTERNATIONAL SIGNING PERIOD:
Last updated 8-22-2020
* bats or throws left
# bats both
NOTE: Age listed is the player's age when he signed
Jose Acila (age 19) - VENEZUELA - 5'11 170 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019
Gregoris Carrasquel (age 17) - VENEZUELA - 6'3 178 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 2019
Leury Gomez (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 160 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019
Frank Hernandez (age 18) - SPAIN - 5'11 180 - SIGNED DECEMBER 2019
Anthony Martinez (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'3 175 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 2019
Anthony Mendez (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'3 190 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 2019
Edgar Mercedes (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'8 190 - SIGNED OCTOBER 2019
Gleiber Morales (age 17) - VENEZUELA - 510 165 - SIGNED DECEMBER 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
Oliver Roque (age 17) - DOMINICAN EREPUBLIC - 6'3 180 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 2019
Albaro Santana (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 190 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019
Brayan Altuve (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 5'11 160 - SIGNED OCTOBER 2019
* Dilan Granadillo (age 18) - VENEZUELA - 5'9 175 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 2019
* Ronnier Quintero (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 6'0 175 - SIGNED JULY 2019
* Wally Soto (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUNLIC - 5'10 170 - SIGNED MARCH 2020
Kevin Made (age 16) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 160 - SIGNED JULY 2019
* Luis Maza (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 5'10 150 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019
Bryan Serra (age 21) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - SIGNED AUGUST 2020
Liomny Vasquez (ahe 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - SIGNED MARCH 2020
Gabriel Disla (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 5'11 165 - SIGNED OCTOBER 2019
* Anderson Suriel (age 16) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 175 - SIGNED NOVEMNER 2019
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).
$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.
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.
blockhead25 2 hours 7 min ago (view)
Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs. If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it. Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games? Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.
crunch 2 hours 52 min ago (view)
yeah, it may be another team. i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.
blockhead25 3 hours 23 min ago (view)
Cubs? We played the cards the full 10 slate?
if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.
crunch 3 hours 31 min ago (view)
the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think
blockhead25 3 hours 34 min ago (view)
How did the Cubs not just clinch the division?
Aren't the Cards only scheduled for 58 games?
beat Cards can do is 31-27. Worst Cubs can do is 33-27.
crunch 3 hours 53 min ago (view)
j.baez is batting left handed...and hits a double.
CWS have a position player "pitching"
crunch 3 hours 56 min ago (view)
2nd contreras homer...no bat flip, no staring down the pitcher, quick trip around the bases, into the dugout.
crunch 3 hours 56 min ago (view)
i wish more non-AFL winter league was televised. dominican, puerto rico, etc...you can straight up showboat if you've earned it on a play without having to deal with retaliation (most of the time). bat flips, pitcher celebrations, swagger home run trots, etc...all fair game. it's you know...fun.
Craig A. 4 hours 20 min ago (view)
Plunking a guy for a bat flip only proves the pitcher has thin skin and short fingers. I'm glad Contreras scored.
Cubster 4 hours 35 min ago (view)
I goofed wrt Bluejays/Astros. They clinched a WC #2 and 8 seed but Houston has a lock on West div team 2. The Indians will be 7 seed and wild card #1, abd team #3 from the central
crunch 4 hours 36 min ago (view)
hey, guess who just got a fastball in the back.
crunch 5 hours 25 min ago (view)
that contreras bat flip, tho...
Cubster 6 hours 54 min ago (view)
Cards lose game 1 of DH w Brewers
crunch 8 hours 3 min ago (view)
happ / rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / baez / schwarber / caratini / kipnis / hoerner(3rd)
eloy will not start this weekend for CWS and may be unavailable to pinch hit, too (foot injury).
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 13 min ago (view)
Even more of a shame when you consider we gave up a decent prospect for him
Jackstraw 8 hours 51 min ago (view)
Wisdom been in short supply in 2020. Glad we got some.