Friday, April 12, 2013

Astros can trade their international free agent bonus pool

Baseball America has a new post up on the international free agent signing period (set to begin July 2), and discusses the new wrinkle in the process in which teams can trade their bonus pool.

It's definitely an interesting read, and Ben Badler lists the Astros as potential sellers. Why?

Because no team needs to spend $5 million to be successful in the international market.

They have so much money available that they could trade away some of it for actual real-life players, and not just fictional international free agents (I do not mean that snarkily in any way, shape or form). Other teams (Rangers, Dodgers, Yankees - to name a few of Badler's "sellers") don't have near as much money, and could use some extra.