Yeah, I have a hard time feeling sympathy for any of the other 26 franchises or their fanbases that have won a pennant since we last showed up in the Fall Classic. Yankee fans should try supporting a team that finishes under .500....wonder how that would fly.
You are misreading the article, he says they have a bit over 2M remaining, not that they’ve spent that much. So let’s say it’s 2.5M remaining, that’d mean they spent 4M already, which would be if the average bonus of the players whose bonus wasn’t reported was about 100k, which is reasonable.
I think the way I’ll eventually judge if our international program is getting traction is by whether we have prospects playing in the States who were international signings and are cracking our top 30, Eventually, about 30% of our top 30 (or more) should be coming from international signings. Last year, there was only one player in the OH top 30 who the O’s signed as an international amateur — Alex Wells. There were four other international players on the list who were acquired in the July 2018 trades. I’ll be interested to see if anyone joins Wells on this year’s list. Among players who have played Stateside, I can only think of one real candidate to join the list: Leonardo Rodriguez, who pitched for Aberdeen at age 21 this year and might show up somewhere in the bottom half, if at all. I suppose we might see a guy or two who’ve only played in the DSL, but those would be stabs in the dark at this point.