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Concern over MLB rule in Latin America

Rule change effectively prevents teams from paying large signing bonuses to amateurs

Updated: March 1, 2012, 12:17 PM ET
By T.J. Quinn | ESPN.com

Across the United States, the change barely elicited a mention.

In Latin America, it struck like an earthquake.

Major League Baseball's new labor agreement, which went into effect this season, changed the rules for how clubs can sign international amateur free agents, capping the amount teams can spend at about $3 million annually. Spend more than that, and teams will face a heavy tax.

The new rules are being seen as a victory for MLB's have-nots, as the price to sign ...

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