Cubs 2019-20 International Signing Period (J-2 Players)
So far the Cubs have signed 19 J-2 IFA in the 2019-20 ISP, but they have not signed any since December.
The top 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 1-27-2020
* 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
Kevin Made (age 16) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 160 - SIGNED JULY 2019
* Luis Maza (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 5'10 150 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019
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.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 31 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 4 days 19 hours ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 5 days 16 hours ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 6 days 15 min ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 6 days 2 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 6 days 6 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 6 days 18 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 1 week 22 hours ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."
bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)
This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options.
Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago (view)
I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins
...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw
erich081 1 week 3 days ago (view)
I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.