Wei-Yin Chen

As new signing period approaches, will Orioles invest more in international market?

As new signing period approaches, will Orioles invest more in international market?

The Orioles’ long-standing approach to international amateur signings — a market that has become a lifeblood for other organizations but an area the Orioles have mostly ignored — has confused many throughout baseball.

No major league club invests less financially on the international market than the Orioles. In the most recent signing period, they spent just $535,000 — less than 10 percent of their allotted signing bonus pool — according to Baseball America, instead using most of their bonus slots as trade chips to supplement the farm system with fringe prospects.

The decision to pass on investing in the international market, specifically the robust Latin American market,...

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