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They plan to head into 2020 with five full-timers on the ground in Latin America, including the recently hired Cabrera (DR), Rosario and Granadillo (Venezuela), plus another Venezuela hire to be made this month. The Orioles also are looking to bolster the development staff at their Dominican academy and are exploring infrastructure upgrades to the facilities there.

Given how the most highly coveted international prospects are often courted by teams years before they’re eligible to actually sign, the Orioles acknowledged from the start that it would take time before they played at the top of the market. They instead siphoned off much of their sizeable 2018-19 bonus pool in trades, then spent roughly $3 million of their 2019-20 pool on 27 players last July 2. Though the highest bonuses given out were between $400,000-$450,000, it still represented the largest international class in franchise history.

The hope is to be able to make seven-figure signings by 2021.

 

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3 hours ago, CallMeBrooksie said:

This is fantastic news to read.. confirming what many of us have known to be true of ME's plan and efforts. It's so nice to be competent.

Agreed.

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2 hours ago, sportsfan8703 said:

So do we have any bonus slot money left?

The Orioles will have a total available pool of $6,481,200 for 2019 2020 J2 It appears that 3 million has been definitively  accounted for. 

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This article is a must read, and goes way beyond our international hires.    Really, it’s the most comprehensive piece anyone has written on what has been accomplished and changed in Elias’ first year on the job, as well as the further changes expected this winter and beyond.    Mike has been a very busy boy.    

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3 minutes ago, Frobby said:

This article is a must read, and goes way beyond our international hires.    Really, it’s the most comprehensive piece anyone has written on what has been accomplished and changed in Elias’ first year on the job, as well as the further changes expected this winter and beyond.    Mike has been a very busy boy.    

Must be giving him more gray hair. Very distinguished. 

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