2021 MLB International Signing Period
The Cubs have officially signed thrir 28th and 29th IFA in the 2021 ISP (see full list below):
Luis Albert Reyes, RHP
R/R, 6'3 220
Edward Vargas, OF
R/R, 6'2 165
The Cubs have officially signed their 27th IFA in the 2021 ISP (see full list below):
Geuri Lubo, SS
R/R, 6'2 195
The Cubs have officially signed four more 2021 IFA, bringing the total number of IFA signed in the 2021 IFA to 26.
Carlos Garcia, LHP
L/L, 6'4 190
Raul Guzman, CF
L/L, 5'11 145
Starlyn Pichardo, RHP
R/R, 6'0 175
Tomy Sanchez, RHP
R/R, 5'8 163
The Cubs have officially signed seven more 2021 IFA, bringing the total number of IFA signed in the 2021 ISP to 22:
Raino Coran, OF
R/R, 6'4 210
Runelvis Toribio, RHP
R/R, 6'1 155
Scarlyn Lebron, RHP
R/R, 6'3 178
Alfredo Zarraga, RHP
R/R, 5'11 158
Cristian Rojas, RHP
R/R, 6'1 153
Luis Rafael Reyes, RHP
R/R, 6'0 185
Wilmer Bolivar, OF
R/R, 6'0 167
The Cubs have officially signed 15 IFA:
Cristian Hernandez, SS
R/R, 6'2 175
Moises Ballesteros, C
L/R, 5'10 195
Gabriel Agrazal, RHP
R/R, 6'1 185
Ronny Corniell, RHP
R/R, 6'1 170
Kenneddy Delgado, RHP
R/R, 6'0 170
Daniel Ferreira, OF
R/R, 5'10 170
Oferman Hernandez, OF
L/R, 6'0 160
Zhiorman Imbriano, LHP
L/L, 6'0 180
Adrian Martinez, RHP
R/R, 6'2 190
Fredy Montenegro, C
R/R, 5'10 160
David Olivo, RHP
R/R, 6'0 170
Welington Quintero, RHP
R/R, 6'0 185
Pedro Ramirez, SS
B/R, 5'9 165
Carlos Ramos, C
R/R, 5'10 170
Joel Sierra, RHP
R/R, 6'1 190
INTERNATIONAL FREE-AGENTS SIGNED BY CUBS IN 2021 INTERNATIONAL SIGNING PERIOD:
Last updated 10-4-2021
* bats or throws left
# bats both
NOTE: Age listed is the player's age when he signed
Gabriel Agrazal (age 17) - PANAMA - 6'1 185 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Ronny Corniell (age 20) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 170 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Kenneddy Delgado (age 17) - VENEZUELA - 6'0 170 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
* Carlos Garcia (age 18) - CUBA - 6'4 190 - SIGNED MAY 2021
* Zhiorman Imbriano - (age 17) - VENEZUELA - 6'0 180 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Scarlyn Lebron (age 21) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'3 178 - SIGNED FEBRUARY 2021
Adrian Martinez (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 190 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
David Olivo (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6;0 170 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Starlyn Pichardo (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'0 175 - SIGNED MAY 2021
Welington Quintero (age 20) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'0 185 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Luis Albert Reyes (age 17) -- DOMINICAN REPUNLIC - 6'3 220 - SIGNED OCTOBER 2021
Luis Rafael Reyes (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'0 185 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Cristian Rojas (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 153 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Tomy Sanchez (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 5'8 163 - SIGNED MAY 2021
Joel Sierra (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 190 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Runelvis Toribio (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 155 - SIGNED FEBRUARY 2021
Alfredo Zarraga (age 18) - VENEZUELA - 5'11 158 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
* Moises Ballesteros (age 17) - VENEZUELA - 5'10 195 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Fredy Montenegro (age 17) - VENEZUELA - 5'10 160 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Carlos Ramos (age 17) - VENEZUELA - 5'10 170 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Cristian Hernandez (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 175 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Geuri Lubo (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 175 - SIGNED JUNE 2021
# Pedro Ramirez (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 5'9 165 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Wilmer Bolivar (age 17) - COLOMBIA - 6'0 167 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
Raino Coran (age 18) - CURACAO - 6'4 210 - SIGNED FEBRUARY 2021
Daniel Ferreira (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 5'10 170 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
* Raul Guzman (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 5'11 145 - SIGNED MAY 2021
* Oferman Hernandez (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'0 160 - SIGNED JANUARY 2021
ORIGINAL POST 1/15
INTERNATIONAL SIGNING PERIOD
The 2021 MLB "International Signing Period" (ISP) commences today (January 15th) and will extend until 5 PM (Eastern) on December 15th. No international player can be signed during the period of time beginning at 5 PM (Eastern) on December 15, 2021 through January 14, 2022.
NOTE: Prior to 2020, the "International Signing Period" extended from July 2nd through June 15th of the following year. No international player could be signed during the period of time extending from June 16th through July 1st. The 2019-20 ISP was extended until 5 PM (Eastern) on October 15th, with the start of the 2021 ISP commencing on January 15, 2021, and extending through December 15th, and the 2022 ISP will commence on January 15, 2022, and extend through December 15th.
Any individual who is age 16 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 ISP. Also, any individual age 15 who turns 16 during the ISP is eligible to sign beginning on the date he turns 16 up through August 31st or by the last day of the regular season of the minor league club to which he is first assigned (whichever comes last).
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). In both the 2021 and 2022 ISP, a club's assigned ISBP will be a "hard cap." (ISBP space cannot be traded in the 2021 and 2022 ISPs).
The Cubs 2021 ISBP is $5,348,100.
$6,431,000 for an MLB club that has a selection in Competitive Balance Round "B" (between the 2nd & 3rd rounds) of the MLB Rule 4 Draft;
$5,899,600 for an MLB club that has a selection in Competitive Balance Round "A" (between the 1st & 2nd rounds) of the MLB Rule 4 Draft;
$5,348,100 for an MLB club that does not receive Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) revenue sharing (this group includes the Cubs).
$4,732,700 for an MLB club that does not receive CBT revenue sharing that signed a post-2019 Article XX-B Qualified Player to a 2020 MLB contract
$4,232,700 for an MLB club that is a CBT payor that signed a post-2019 Article XX-B Qualified Player to a 2020 MLB contract
NOTE: The Atlanta Braves 2021 ISBP is $1,572,000 as the result of penalties received from a previous season rules violation
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 was $195M in 2017, $197M in 2018, $206M in 2019, and $208M in 2020, and will be $210M in 2021).
NOTE: The Los Angeles Angels and the Philadelphia Phillies had their 2021 ISBP reduced by $500K and the New York Yankees had their 2021 ISBP reduced by $1M as the result of signing post-2019 MLB Article XX-B Qualified Players.
4. 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.
6. 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.
4. Trading ISBP space is prohibited in both the 2021 and 2022 ISP.
crunch 2 hours 37 min ago (view)
* except for playing 1st base
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...
Cubster 2 days 26 min ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 2 days 51 min ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.
both are/were catcher organizational depth.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.
mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.
Arizona Phil 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021
Arizona Phil 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far.
crunch 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs). this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living. for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.
activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen. good work.
bradsbeard 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in).
Arizona Phil 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.
Hagsag 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 3 days 21 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 4 days 3 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).