Originally Posted by DirtySox
You don't really lose the ability to sign international free agents. It just limits the amount you can throw at a prospect to either 500,000 or 250,000 depending on the previous year's overage. It really isn't that harsh of a penalty, which is why the Cubs and Rangers had few qualms about exceeding their pool this year.
Well, you won't sign any of the top guys for that...
I think this is moot. He's expected to contribute this season. Someone is going to give this kid a $30 - 50 million dollar contract. And the tax penalties on that would be through the roof.
Here, this page describes it pretty well. You're paying double for overage of your budget exceeding 15%. http://www.baseballamerica.com/inter...ational-draft/