This was going to be just one part of a larger post on Day Four of the Winter Meetings, but… it’s done now, and I’m sort of thinking, why hold it while I write up a bunch of other stuff? So… here you go!
While you were sleeping– or… wait, was that maybe just me?– the Rule 5 draft happened down at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, and the Jays actually made a selection!
Shi Davidi was the first in my timeline to tweet that the club had selected RHP Brian Moran from the Mariners. Brendan Kennedy was the first one in my feed to later tweet, though, that the Jays had immediately flipped him to the Angels for international cap space. And it was Gregor Chisholm who tweeted later still that the amount of the cap space the Jays have added is $244,000.
That’s a tidy piece of business, I guess, but it’s also slightly unfortunate, because it means for a minute we have to try to wrap our brains around the international spending pool limits, and how the trading of those resources actually works. At least a little bit.
What the Jays appear to have acquired is actually slot number 81 of the 120 international bonus slots assigned by MLB to its clubs. It was one of the slots held by the Angels– valued at $243,500. I know this thanks to the excellent work of Ben Badler of Baseball America, who explains that each team’s bonus pool is broken down into slots with assigned value– not coincidentally, much like the new slotting system for draft picks and draft bonus money– and it’s the slots that can get traded, not just some arbitrary number out of the pool.
There are stipulations, and it all gets pretty complicated– as explained by Badler in another piece– and fortunately for us, the fact that the deal went through means it’s been deemed above board and we don’t have to think a whole lot about it.
We know that earlier in the year the Jays spent $1.2-million of their $2.8-million pool on top Venezuelan amateur Yeltsin Gudino, and that they also signed his fellow Venezuelan, Freddy Gonzalez, for an undisclosed amount.
The money, it should be noted, doesn’t factor into whatever play they may make– should they choose to do so– for Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who I wrote about earlier in the week. Diaz would have been subject to the limits had he signed last year, as a 22-year-old, but he falsified his age in order to look older and was ruled ineligible to sign until February– when he’ll be 23, and no longer subject to them. I think. (And now, thanks to reader Joshua, and this transcript of comments from Alex Anthopoulos by Gregor Chisholm, I know: Diaz is exempt from the pool money.)
So… there’s that.
Oh, and there were some minor leaguers moved in that portion of the draft, but who cares, right?
Screengrab (no, really) via MLB.com.