Updating The Draft Bonus Pools

Widespread trading of First-Year Player Draft picks is prohibited, but clubs are allowed to swap the 12 choices awarded each year in the competitive-balance lottery. The Marlins did just that on Sunday, sending the 39th overall selection to the Pirates for Bryan Morris.

The deal not only moves a premium pick from Miami to Pittsburgh, but it also affects the spending power for each team. The assigned value of the No. 39 choice is $1,457,600, so the Marlins’ pool for the first 10 rounds drops to $12,741,700 (down from first to second among the 30 clubs) and the Pirates’ rises to $7,063,700 (up to 13th from 21st). The Astros, who own the No. 1 selection for an unprecedented third consecutive year, now have the biggest bonus pool at $13,362,200.

The Draft pools cover the top 10 rounds and any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given to players taken in rounds 11-40. If a player selected in the first 10 rounds doesn’t sign, his assigned value is subtracted from his team’s pool.

A club that exceeds its Draft pool by 0-5 percent gets with a 75 percent tax on the overage. The penalties get much more severe at higher threshholds: the loss of a first-round pick and a 75 percent tax for surpassing it by more than 5 and up to 10 percent; the loss of first- and second-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 10 and up to 15 percent; and the loss of two-first-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 15 percent.

Below are the Draft and international pools for each club, listed in descending order:

DRAFT BONUS POOLS
Team               Picks    Draft Pool
1. Astros          11      $13,362,200
2. Marlins         12      $12,741,700
3. White Sox       10       $9,509,700
4. Blue Jays       11       $9,458,500
5. Royals          12       $8,602,900
6. Cubs            10       $8,352,200
7. Rockies         11       $8,347,300
8. Indians         12       $8,234,100
9. Brewers         11       $7,605,600
10. Twins          10       $7,525,600
11. Diamondbacks   12       $7,228,300
12. Cardinals      12       $7,087,200
13. Pirates        12       $7,063,700
14. Reds           11       $6,973,400
15. Phillies       10       $6,896,700
16. Mariners       11       $6,767,900
17. Red Sox        11       $6,373,300
18. Padres         10       $6,098,600
19. Giants         10       $5,949,800
20. Rays           11       $5,848,400
21. Angels         10       $5,774,000
22. Mets            9       $5,308,300
23. Nationals      10       $5,275,700
24. Dodgers        10       $4,947,700
25. Tigers         10       $4,890,200
26. Rangers        10       $4,820,700
27. Athletics      10       $4,778,300
28. Braves         10       $4,557,700
29. Yankees         9       $3,202,300
30. Orioles         8       $2,204,400
Total             316     $205,786,400

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