Baseball America has gathered estimates of what every team in the MLB spent on international amateur players during the 2013 calendar year and the Cleveland Indians are slotted fourth, having spent roughly $4.25 million.
For the first time, international bonus pools were tiered based on reverse order of 2012 major league winning percentage, the Indians coming away with $3.64 million, the fifth-highest bonus pool in baseball.
Of the $4.25 million, $950,000 went to Leandro Linares, a Cuban-born 19-year-old with a mid-90s fastball and a curveball in the 70s. Linares posted a 1.91 ERA in with 76 strikeouts in 66 innings for Cuba’s 18-and-under national team a season ago.
Given that the Indians spend over their allotted amount, they will be subject to tax of at least 75 percent and the loss of potential lucrative bonuses in subsequent seasons.
(AP File Photo/Mark Duncan)