Indians among top five in international spending for 2013

Terry Francona, Chris AntonettiBaseball 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)

  • Jason Hurley

    It’s a market efficency – take advantage of it. Go Tribe, go!

  • Ed Carroll


    …wait, what?

  • FearTheRoo

    Weird…Never seen the words “Indians”, “top” and “spending” all in the same sentence together.

  • mgbode

    smart play. spend over when we had a bad record and could target better players. we won’t have nearly as much in the pool from our play last year, so we won’t be able to get as many good players. hopefully, any bonuses lost are in 2014, so it doesn’t hurt us any moving forward.

  • Hopwin

    Oh no! Now they are offshoring our baseball jobs?!