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Forget calculations about the Cubs' international spending ability. They aren't done grabbing talent, with big fish
still on their radar. The three most attractive guys still out there Taiwanese right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng and two 15-year-olds -- Dominican third baseman Luis Encarnacion and Dominican center fielder Leonardo Molina. Encarnacion and Molina aren’t eligible to sign until next month, when they turn 16. The Cubs figure to blow so far past their spending allotment that they will be pay a 100-percent tax and suffer the most serious sanction in the rules -- being limited to a maximum of $250,000 on any signing in the 2014-15 international class. The Cubs believe that the top guys in this year's class are much better than those who will be available next year. It's significant that the Cubs’ pool won’t go down next year because they spend heavily this year. They will be able to either sign a lot of players for $250,000 or below or trade some of their signing pool to other teams, as the Astros did in acquiring Double-A second baseman Ronald Torreyes from the Cubs on Tuesday. The Cubs have already invested a reported $6.15 million in locking up outfielder Eloy Jimenez, shortstop Gleyber Torres and pitchers Jefferson Mejia and Erling Moreno. With many players unsigned, it's too early to know how things will shake out, but it appears the Rangers are the only team being as aggressive as the Cubs.