Blue Jays Spent $7.57MM On International Free Agents in 2011

Baseball America has compiled estimates of each team’s international amateur signing bonus expenditures in 2011, excluding Cuban defectors and Japanese professionals. The estimates may include bonuses for prospects who have agreed to terms but are still pending official approval, such as Cardinals righthander Andres Serrano. They also include Mexican League transfers for prospects when those amounts are known, such as Blue Jays righthander Roberto Osuna ($1.5 million).

Here are the estimated 2011 dollar amounts spent on international prospects from the Baseball America website.  Note the “frugal” Blue Jays spent the second highest amount in baseball.  Further proof for fans that need convincing the Jays are serious about winning.  The Jays spend heavy in the draft and on the international market and this is going to start to pay dividends.

1. Rangers $12.83 million
2. Blue Jays $7.57 million
3. Royals $6.80 million
4. Mariners $6.67 million
5. Cubs $4.54 million
6. Pirates $4.09 million
7. Indians $3.58 million
8. Padres $3.48 million
9. Red Sox $3.25 million
10. Tigers $3.03 million
11. Yankees $2.93 million
12. Mets $2.86 million
13. Cardinals $2.63 million
14. Braves $2.60 million
15. Twins $2.31 million
16. Astros $2.12 million
17. Phillies $2.05 million
18. Reds $1.98 million
19. Giants $1.81 million
20. Rays $1.79 million
21. Brewers $1.63 million
22. Rockies $1.45 million
23. Marlins $1.38 million
24. Angels $1.35 million
25. Athletics $1.22 million
26. Nationals $1.12 million
27. Orioles $1.02 million
28. Diamondbacks $876,000
29. White Sox $778,500
30. Dodgers $177,000

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