Cubs International Class 2016-2017: Getting Creative while Fishing in a Smaller Pond

The current Cubs front office has always been known for creativity, ranging from being one of the first teams to break past their international spending budget in 2013 (which netted Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres), to forging a new clubhouse culture that keeps things light and is enjoyable for the players. Constantly breaking the norms set out by old baseball regimes in search for the next advantage, the Cubs seemed to have found it in the international market. While a team like the Orioles punt away their international spending pool, signing five players and spending just $260,000 in total, the Cubs signed 29 players and were right in line with their bonus pool allotment of $2,063,100 this year. To make matters even more impressive, they were restricted to signing players for $300,000 or less because of them going over their bonus pool in the 2015-2016 period.

Around 30% of players in Major League Baseball this year were born outside the United States, with the majority coming from the Dominican Republic (12.4%) or Venezuela (10.1%). A country often forgotten when compared to the two big powerhouses, Mexico has produced the fifth highest total of foreign born players with nine current MLB players …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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