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Royals spent $5.64 million on international signings in 2015, according to Baseball America

Royals general manager Dayton Moore
Royals general manager Dayton Moore jsleezer@kcstar.com

The Royals were sixth in baseball in international spending during the calendar year of 2015, according to data compiled by Baseball America.

The Royals spent $5.64 million on international signings in 2015, the majority of which came after the 2015-16 signing period began on July 2. The franchise surpassed its allotted bonus pool for 2015-16, according to Baseball America.

If you exclude Cuban signings — some of which are not subject to the international bonus pool system — the Royals ranked fourth in all of baseball. Only the Cubs ($15.53 million), Giants ($8.06 million) and Dodgers ($7.88 million) spent more. All of the Royals’ $5.64 million was spent on non-Cuban prospects.

Among the Royals’ most expensive signings: 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Seuly Matias ($2.25 million) and 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Jeison Guzman ($1.5 million). In Venezuela, the Royals also spent $450,000 on 17-year-old catcher Sebastian Rivero and $425,000 on 17-year-old shortstop Angel Medina, according to Baseball America.

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