2021 MLB International Signing Period
The Cubs have officially signed another 2021 IFA, bringing to 34 the number of IFA signed by the Cubs so far in the 2021 ISP (see full list below).
Jair Jimenez, RHP
R/R, 6'1 172
Like the two IFA signed by the Cubs in October and the four signed in November, Jimenez was "Signed for Future Service" (he signed a 2022 contract), so he will not count against the Cubs 70-man International Reserve List until 2022 DSL Opening Day.
The 2021 ISP concludes at 5 PM (Eastern) on December 15th, and the 2022 ISP begins on January 15th. No IFA may be signed between 5 PM (Eastern) on December 15th through January 14, 2022
The Cubs have officially signed four more 2021 IFA, bringing to 33 the number of IFA signed so far by the Cubs in the 2021 ISP (see full list below).
Eligio Paredes, RHP
R/R, 6'1 190
Jensi Ramirez, RHP
R/R, 5'11 170
Kevin Valdez, LHP
R/L, 6'4 185
Yafrerlyn Vasquez, RHP
R/R, 6'1 190
The Cubs have officially signed their 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
Both were "Signed for Future Service" (they signed 2022 contracts), so they will not count against the Cubs 70-man International Reserve List until 2022 DSL Opening Day.
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 12-1-2021
34 players signed
* 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
Jair Jimenez (age 19) - MEXICO - 6'1 172 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 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
Eligio Paredes (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 190 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 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
Jensi Ramirez (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 5'11 170 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 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
* Kevin Valdez (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'4 185 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 2021
Vafrerlyn Vasquez (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 190 - SIGNED NOVEMBER 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
Edward Vargas (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 175 - SIGNED OCTOBER 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.
CubsCentral08 21 hours 49 min ago (view)
List is up to 12 now
Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic
Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic
Wrigley Rat 22 hours 57 min ago (view)
In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:
- RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
- LHP - Kevin Valdez
- RHP - Jensi Ramirez
- RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
- RHP - Eligio Paredes
- RHP - Jair Jimenez
- OF - Edward Vargas
Wrigley Rat 22 hours 57 min ago (view)
The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:
- Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
- Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
- Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
- Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
Wrigley Rat 22 hours 59 min ago (view)
Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):
Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):
- Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
- Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
- Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
- Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
- Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
wsox snagging cuban oscar colas...23 year old high end power prospect that could slot into the majors quickly.
they're building a hell of a batting core on the south side of town.
Cubster 4 days 7 hours ago (view)
Jon Lester retires. Definitely one of the key people in their Theo era run.
crunch 4 days 19 hours ago (view)
meeting on thursday. hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.
crunch 6 days 19 hours ago (view)
yanks low-A naming rachel balkovec as manager. first female manager in the minors.
she was also the first female strength/conditioning coach and hitting coach in rookie leagues for the yanks.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
"Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is preparing new economic proposals to present to the MLBPA, "likely this month.""
tim815 1 week 3 days ago (view)
As best as I understand, there are the 4 full-season levels with only one affiliate per organization at each level, and the compound league. Toss in the DSL, and that's it. If a team wants and can accommodate a second (or third) Compound League team, that's a decision for "later than January".
Wrigley Rat 1 week 5 days ago (view)
AZ Phil or others - Are major league teams allowed to announce new minor league affiliates for 2022 during this lockout? I ask because there was some discussion about possibly adding a short season league team for next year. Are clubs even allowed to have a 5th non-rookie league team? With all the players jammed up at the A level, it seems like it would be smart to add an additional team for them and this year's incoming draft picks. Of course, they could always just keep two Arizona teams going and it would probably be just fine. Just wondering - thanks and Happy New Year!
crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)
cameron maybin is retiring, which saves the cubs from once again obtaining or attempting to obtain cameron maybin.
2022 looking good so far.
Cubster 2 weeks 1 day ago (view)
Welcome to 2022.
First news of the year: The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached a deal with Tyler Chatwalk! Hope they have a bigger strike zone there.
Cubster 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)
Thanks Phil. Great reply as always. Have a happy and healthy New Year (everyone, but especially AZ Phil)!
Arizona Phil 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)
Kyle Seager is a post-2021 Article XX-B free-agent who is not under the control of an MLB club, so his announcing his retirement is no different than announcing he and his family are going out to dinner tomorrow night or taking a trip to Hawaii next month.
The only time a player "files for retirement" and is placed on a club's Voluntary Retired List is if he is signed, or unsigned but under the control of a club.
crunch 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)
retirement in MLB is an official paperwork process so it might be a frozen issue for filing. technically there is still work being done like business worked on but not completed before the lockout, as well as other business both sides agree isn't an issue. dunno if they're processing retirement paperwork.
seager hit 35 homers last year and could, at the very least, platoon with someone while still earning decent loot.
that said, he's in his mid-30s and made 100m at his job. plus, covid-era baseball just isn't fun even if you toss the health issues aside.