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This year’s MLB draft signing bonus pool is $202 million

Apr 2, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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Jim Callis of Baseball America has the breakdown of this year’s draft pick signing bonus pool and the total for the first 10 rounds is $202 million, which is up 8.2 percent compared to last year.

Houston has the No. 1 overall pick, so not surprisingly the Astros’ pool is an MLB-leading $11.7 million, followed by the Cubs at $10.6 million and the Rockies at $10.2 million. And because they forfeited first-round picks to sign free agents the Brewers ($3.9 million), Angels ($3.0 million), and Nationals ($2.7 million) are the only teams with a pool of less than $4.5 million.

Callis has a lot more details about the draft and available money, so check out his whole article.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Top 10 team’s draft allotments. See if you can spot the outlier:

    Astros 10 $11,698,800
    Cubs 10 $10,556,500
    Rockies 11 $10,199,400
    Marlins 12 $9,503,100
    Pirates 11 $8,884,600
    Royals 11 $8,290,700
    Twins 10 $8,264,400
    Yankees 12 $7,957,400
    Diamondbacks 11 $7,229,600
    Mets 11 $6,990,000

    • tmhofficial - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Oooh oooh it’s the Yankees!

    • rocketsteadman - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Any chance Loria takes at least $8mil of that $9,503,100 and says, ‘I keep this’?

    • paperlions - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      The Marlins are going to spend 1/2 as much on signing bonuses for their 2013 draft as they are spending on their payroll? I can’t believe they are going to do that….yes, I realize that the Astros’ ration of bonus to payroll is higher, but I 100% believe that they will spend every penny.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Where you been?

  2. pipkin42 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    God this is so little money. What a terrible system.

  3. ccpainting4 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Pathetic…The money should never be why one plays baseball. Pro baseball and all other pro sports are ruining the game. I have seen many young players get drafted out of high school and become total failures not because they don”t have talent but because the money ruined them. Case in point Josh Sale. The kid has become an embarrassment to baseball. Out of control with salaries and bonuses and I blame the owners. Play for “The Love of the Game”.

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