The Cubs might not experience another high-spending period in the international market like they have the last six weeks.

But President Theo Epstein believes the timing is right to invest heavily in players from Latin America and Taiwan even if the Cubs face penalties that Epstein described as "fairly lenient."

"We really like the elite talent in this year's class relative to the early returns on what next year's class looks like" Epstein said Tuesday after the team confirmed the signing of Taiwanese pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng to a $1.625 million bonus.

Within hours after the international signing period started the Cubs zoomed past their allotment of about $4.56 million with the singings of Dominican outfielder Eloy Jimenez Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres and pitchers Jefferson Mejia (Dominican Republic) and Erling Moreno (Colombia) for about $6.15 million.

The Cubs face only one year of limitations on signing a player above a certain level for next year Epstein said. That penalty increases to two years of limitations during the 2014 signing period.

The Cubs plan to focus next summer on restocking their organizational pitching depth and lower level investments rather than aim for high-ceiling talents like Jimenez with Epstein adding that possessing the second highest pool money in this summer's international signing period gave them an advantage on procuring the players they sought.

Epstein said the Cubs' scouting reports indicated that Tseng 18 had a strong arm and had faced tough competition at an early age.