These players must be at least 16 and can’t reside in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico. However, this year we had to wait a little longer for this window to open, but the fun will begin on January 15th.
Since 2017, each Major League Baseball team starts with 4.75 million dollars to spend on international players per year. Each team’s money is based on various factors, such as if a team is over the luxury tax, acquires pool money in trades, or picks in a competitive balance round in the yearly MLB Amateur Draft.
In this episode Richard discusses the Washington Nationals and thier latest moves with Al Galdi from Team 980 right here in Washington D.C. During the conversation, Al wonders why the Washington Nationals haven’t been involved in talks to acquire free agent George Springer.
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For the 2021 season, the Nationals have $5,348,100 to spend on international signings, according to Baseball America. They have made this money count in the past, and if reports are correct, they look to make another big splash in this international signing period.
Before we look at who the Nats are reportedly going to add during this signing period, let’s look at the players they have acquired this way before.