Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that Major League Baseball is investigating the Red Sox in relation to the team’s 2015-16 international signings, particularly in reference to its signings in Venezuela.
The upshot: the Red Sox had a very small amount of money left in their bonus pool due to previous signings yet were able to come away with a number of high-profile prospects despite spending very little money. The players include Albert Guaimaro, Simon Muzziotti, Antonio Pinero, and Eduardo Torrealba.
Badler recently wrote about how teams routinely circumvent bonus pools. That is done, he said, without MLB not really batting an eye. That an investigation is underway now suggests that something else is afoot.