But of course the Phils are spending money signing LA kids. They spent their bonus pool, again. If they spend more on 16-year-old pitchers, they’ll have to spend less on position prospects. If they spend $2 million on two prospects, instead of one, they’re basically done for the year.
If they’re over the luxury tax threshold, and they sign a QO’ed free agent, they’ve just “spent” $1 million from their international bonus pool. Which is what they just did with Trea Turner.
I don’t know what AustinFan is actually advocating here - does he want the Phils to not spend up to their international bonus pool? If so, that’s silly; it’s not as if they can really spend that money elsewhere productively (given draft slotting rules, luxury tax limits on ML salary, etc.). I mean, Middleton could just spend less, overall, but how does that benefit the Phillies, as opposed to John Middleton and his heirs?
As for this year’s crop (i.e., no pitchers signed for bonuses > $100k)… if we look at the past few seasons’ LA signings, is this a pattern? In 2017, they signed Carlos Betancourt, Israel, Pueblo, Victor Vargas to six-figure bonuses. In 2018, they signed Starlyn Castillo to a big bonus ($1.6M), and a couple of guys (Joalbert Angulo, Fernando Ortega) to six-figure bonuses. In 2019, Jean Hernandez and Samuel Alleghenies to six-figure bonuses. None in 2021 or 2022 (2020 got lost, between COVID and the re-scheduling of the signing period). Is this a changed philosophy, or just random variation?