Oakland Athletics sign another group of international amateurs

The Athletics have signed 16 international amateurs to minor league deals, including top prospects Edgar Montero and Jose Ramos
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The Oakland Athletics have continued their spate of international amateur signings. As of today, the A's have signed 16 players to minor league deals.

We wrote in-depth about Edgar Montero and Jose Ramos, both of whom are ranked in MLB Pipeline's top-50 list of international amateurs.

The A's have signed nine pitchers and seven hitters. Eight of the players have come from Venezuela, which speaks to the A's development there. They seem to have a greater focus on Venezuelan players, both this year and last. The A's currently have nine Venezuelan amateurs in the system and will nearly double that total for 2024.

It's likely that the A's will continue making additions throughout the offseason. The signing period remains open all year, closing in December, though most of the important signings are made early on.

It's unknown how large the signing bonuses are. The A's had a budget of $6.52 million. They should have plenty of money to move around after this group of signings.

Montero and Ramos will command the highest signing bonuses, but it's unclear what the specifics are at this time. When we learn more, we'll post an update. Until then, hopefully the team remains active in the market and keeps adding talent to the system. It certainly needs it.