Mariners Reduce Peguero’s Bonus By $1.8MM

The Mariners have reduced Esteilon Peguero's bonus by $1.8MM, from $2.9MM to $1.1MM, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. The Dominican shortstop prospect signed a landmark deal with the Mariners last month.

Peguero signed for what would have been the largest bonus for an international amateur free agent in 2010, but that distinction now belongs to Blue Jays prospect Adonis Cardona. A $2.9 million bonus would have been a Mariners record for an international amateur prospect, but Phillips Castillo, who signed a $2.2MM deal last summer, now owns that record.

It’s not clear why the Mariners reduced Peguero's bonus. Rival international scouting directors told Badler that there was an issue with the 17-year-old’s shoulder, but another source denied that the player is injured.


14 Responses to Mariners Reduce Peguero’s Bonus By $1.8MM Leave a Reply

  1. Csox6 5 years ago

    Why can they just do this? This would never be allowed with an American player.

    • jwredsox 5 years ago

      They was probably a falsehood on the contract. Maybe a false age or name. Just spitting out ideas.

  2. JaysFan19 5 years ago

    I had no clue that you could do that? Interesting none the less.

  3. JaysFan19 5 years ago

    I didn’t know that you were able to take away some money of a bonus. Interesting none the less.

  4. Tko11 5 years ago

    Probably lied about his age…

  5. If you don’t follow a contract they are able to break the rules i believe, not sure…

  6. LioneeR 5 years ago

    If they are able to reduce their signing bonus, I am sure he had the option to sign with another team. Even with a shoulder issue, I don’t see how they can change it that much. They would miss out on what 6 months tops on getting him into action?

    When I read this I immediately thought “age misrepresentation” Similar things have happened in the past. Salcedo comes to mind(from the Braves) He signed for “x” amount for one team, but after his age came into question, he was released from that contract, signed with another team for less money.

    • TDKnies 5 years ago

      Speaking of Salcedo, I gotta feel bad for the kid. Sure I’m glad he’s in the Braves’ system now, but he actually wasn’t lying and lost out on a lot more money and a ton of time he could’ve spent developing.

  7. l;e'[fw

  8. nathanalext 5 years ago

    “Peguero signed for what would have been the largest bonus for an international amateur free agent in 2010, but that distinction now belongs to Blue Jays prospect Adonis Cardona.”

    Hmm.. I thought Aroldis Chapman’s bonus signed in 2010 was over $10MM?

  9. rzepczynski 5 years ago

    dope name

  10. BG921 5 years ago

    Wow, can you say racist? Why do you have to bring race into this? Typical uneducated response… Go play in the traffic and do us all a favor.

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