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.
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
sammy sosa off the HOF ballot after 10 years. he finishes up with a 18.5% vote, highest in any year.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
cubs sign 31 year old eric yardley to a minor league deal.
he's a 31 year old righty that throws sub-90mph junk.
Sonicwind75 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Thank you for sharing Mike. Sounds like the former owner was a high character human being and should be celebrated. Haven't had a chance to attend a game there since I moved away from Des Moines in 2007 but recall it being a great ballpark experience. Has there been any word of the new owners making any major changes?
crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
a 22 month old.
a'ite. i'm done with Earth. going to Pluto. don't bother visiting or calling. later.
Cubster 1 week 6 hours ago (view)
Jason Schmidt signs with Dodgers, 3/44.
crunch 1 week 6 hours ago (view)
20 year, 800m contract incoming...front loaded 150m over the first 2 years with a player opt out after that...
videographer 1 week 13 hours ago (view)
Darth Vader to rescue Carlos Correa's bruised ego.
crunch 1 week 14 hours ago (view)
carlos correa has hired scott boras...
bradsbeard 1 week 1 day ago (view)
The IFA market isn't exactly an equal access thing. Not only do the Cubs have a slightly smaller bonus pool than some teams, players are often linked to teams through their trainers well before they are able to sign. It's not like when these kids are 14 that the teams know for sure that they have a top of the class player on their hands two years in the future.
Wrigley Rat 1 week 1 day ago (view)
Cubbies.4ever - I read that the Cubs strategy with international free agents has been to spend most of their bonus money on young, position players and then take chances on cheaper, older pitching prospects who have been late bloomers (taller, stronger, more command of pitches, etc.). They are also grabbing guys at the end of the international signing period and signing them to future service contracts. They have six pitchers that were signed last year to future service contracts, and only one position player.
cubbies.4ever 1 week 1 day ago (view)
Cubs IFA Signings are heavy on SS (given SS usually can play many positions as the develop), but only 1 pitcher. Given it's still early. Also disappointing that their best signing is #18. Gone are the days of Soler, Eloy, Torres, Marquez, Amaya etc. I believe Christian Hernandez last year was highly rated though.
Wrigley Rat 1 week 2 days ago (view)
One more international free agent signing announced today: Daniel Benschop, OF, Aruba
bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)
I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)?
Cubster 1 week 2 days ago (view)
Les Grobstein dies at age 69. Encyclopedic Chicago historian and longtime sports talk overnight radio host, plus a controversial listen. https://www.robertfeder.com/2022/01/17/les-grobstein-1952-2022/
Cubster 1 week 2 days ago (view)
Hernandez ranks 18th on MLB's International prospect list. Sanchez ranks at #43.
Tribune article today on the Cub https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-chicago-cubs-alexis-hernan...