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Mets trade Gaither Bumgardner to Angels for international bonus pool money

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The Mets have added to the their international free agent budget.

Chris McShane

Fresh off a pair of high-profile international free agent signings, the Mets have acquired more international bonus pool cap space that they can use to sign their 2015-16 class of international free agents. In order to do so, they sent minor league pitcher Gaither Bumgardner to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for the 90th slot, which is worth $239,400 according to Baseball America.

As for what they gave up, the right-handed Bumgardner was drafted by the Mets in the 23rd round of the 2013 draft. He debuted that year with the Gulf Coast League Mets, played in Brooklyn last year, and had split time between Brooklyn and Savannah this year and has worked exclusively in relief.

The Mets had $2,531,300 in their bonus pool for the 2015-16 class to begin with, bringing their total for this class up to $2,770,700. In short, teams are penalized heavily for exceeding their pools, and given the relatively big signings, the Mets could use more room to work with in this cycle.