Each club's 2022 MLB Draft bonus pools and pick values

April 30th, 2022

The Orioles not only own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 Draft, but they also have the second-largest bonus pool in Draft history.

Baltimore's top selection comes with an assigned value of $8,842,200, the second-highest since the bonus pool era began in 2012, trailing only the $9,015,000 worth of the Phillies' No. 1 overall choice in 2016. The Orioles' picks in each of the first 10 rounds, combined with competitive-balance choices at No. 33 (its own) and No. 67 (acquired from the Marlins earlier this month in a trade for Tanner Scott and Cole Sulser), add up to a combined value of $16,924,000. That amount trails only the Astros in '15, who had the two of the first five selections and a $17,289,200 pool.

As part of the negotiations for the 2020 season, which was radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, MLB and the MLBPA agreed to freeze the '19 bonus slots for both the '20 and '21 Drafts. The slots have increased by slightly more than 5 percent for '22 and will continue to rise at the same rate as MLB revenues.

In addition to the Orioles, 11 other teams have eight-figure bonus pools: the D-backs ($15,112,100), Mets ($13,955,700), Pirates ($13,733,900), Rockies ($13,660,700), Royals ($11,668,300), Nationals ($11,007,900), Reds ($10,794,100), Marlins ($10,486,000), Cubs ($10,092,700), Padres ($10,088,900) and Twins ($10,036,000). The Dodgers, who saw their top pick drop from 30 to 40 as a penalty for exceeding the competitive balance tax threshold -- and forfeited two other selections for signing free agent Freddie Freeman -- have the smallest pool at $4,221,400.

The pools for all 30 clubs total $279,850,600, up from $265,769,400 in 2021. Last year, teams spent $291,408,490 on Draft bonuses, including $32,540,100 after the 10th round. No. 1 overall pick Henry Davis signed with the Pirates for $6,500,000, while No. 2 choice Jack Leiter of the Rangers received the highest bonus in the '21 Draft at $7,922,000.

Each choice in the first 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, with the total for a club's selections equaling what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. If a player taken in the top 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value gets subtracted from his team's pool. Clubs near the top of the Draft often spend less than the assigned value for those choices and use the savings to offer more money to later selections.

Teams that exceed their bonus pool face a penalty. Clubs that outspend their allotment by 0-5 percent pay a 75 percent tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, clubs lose future picks: a first-rounder and a 75 percent tax for surpassing their pool by more than 5 and up to 10 percent; a first- and a second-rounder and a 100 percent tax for more than 10 and up to 15 percent; and two first-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 15 percent.

In 10 Drafts with bonus pool rules, teams have outspent their allotments a total of 172 times, but never by more than 5 percent. The Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers and Giants have done so every year, and 20 of the 30 teams outspent their pools in 2021.

Bonus pools by club:
Orioles: $16,924,000
D-backs: $15,112,100
Mets: $13,955,700
Pirates: $13,733,900
Rockies: $13,660,700
Royals: $11,668,300
Nationals: $11,007,900
Reds: $10,794,100
Marlins: $10,486,000
Cubs: $10,092,700
Padres: $10,088,900
Twins: $10,036,000
Guardians: $9,980,900
Rangers: $9,640,700
Blue Jays: $8,367,700
Athletics: $8,315,800
Red Sox: $8,078,300
Tigers: $8,024,900
Braves: $8,022,200
Rays: $7,795,100
Mariners: $7,254,400
Brewers: $7,070,900
Angels: $7,024,300
Cardinals: $6,842,300
Astros: $6,837,000
Yankees: $6,425,100
Phillies: $6,307,000
White Sox: $6,289,100
Giants: $5,793,200
Dodgers: $4,221,400

First round:

  1. Orioles: $8,842,200
  2. D-backs: $8,185,100
  3. Rangers: $7,587,600
  4. Pirates: $7,002,100
  5. Nationals: $6,494,300
  6. Marlins: $6,034,300
  7. Cubs: $5,708,000
  8. Twins: $5,439,500
  9. Royals: $5,200,200
  10. Rockies: $4,980,400
  11. Mets: $4,778,200
  12. Tigers: $4,587,900
  13. Angels: $4,410,200
  14. Mets: $4,241,600
  15. Padres: $4,082,900
  16. Guardians: $3,935,500
  17. Phillies: $3,792,800
  18. Reds: $3,657,900
  19. Athletics: $3,529,400
  20. Braves: $3,407,400
  21. Mariners: $3,291,200
  22. Cardinals: $3,180,600
  23. Blue Jays: $3,075,300
  24. Red Sox: $2,974,900
  25. Yankees: $2,879,300
  26. White Sox: $2,788,000
  27. Brewers: $2,700,500
  28. Astros: $2,620,400
  29. Rays: $2,547,600
  30. Giants: $2,485,500

Free Agent Compensation Picks:
31) Rockies: $2,429,300
32) Reds: $2,371,800

Competitive Balance Round A:
33) Orioles: $2,313,900
34) D-backs: $2,257,100
35) Royals: $2,202,100
36) Pirates: $2,149,200
37) Guardians: $2,100,700
38) Rockies: $2,051,300
39) Padres: $2,003,500

Second round:
40) Dodgers: $1,950,900
41) Red Sox: $1,905,500
42) Orioles: $1,861,000
43) D-backs: $1,817,600
44) Pirates: $1,775,200
45) Nationals: $1,733,900
46) Marlins: $1,699,500
47) Cubs: $1,660,400
48) Twins: $1,621,900
49) Royals: $1,584,100
50) Rockies: $1,544,500
51) Tigers: $1,509,800
52) Mets: $1,474,400
53) Padres: $1,439,900
54) Guardians: $1,406,400
55) Reds: $1,373,300
56) Athletics: $1,341,200
57) Braves: $1,306,700
58) Mariners: $1,275,900
59) Cardinals: $1,245,600
60) Blue Jays: $1,216,100
61) Yankees: $1,187,000
62) White Sox: $1,158,600
63) Brewers: $1,130,900
64) Astros: $1,103,600
65) Rays: $1,077,100
66) Giants: $1,054,200

Competitive Balance Round B:
67) Orioles: $1,026,300
68) Twins: $1,001,500
69) Athletics: $977,000
70) Rays: $952,800
71) Rays: $929,100
72) Brewers: $914,900
73) Reds: $900,900
74) Mariners: $887,000

Free Agent Compensation Picks:
75) Mets: $873,300
76) Braves: $859,700
77) Blue Jays: $846,500
78) Blue Jays: $833,200
79) Red Sox: $820,000
80) Astros: $806,800

Third round:
81) Orioles: $793,600
82) D-backs: $782,000
83) Pirates: $770,300
84) Nationals: $758,500
85) Marlins: $746,800
86) Cubs: $735,200
87) Royals: $724,300
88) Rockies: $713,000
89) Angels: $701,800
90) Mets: $691,000
91) Padres: $680,100
92) Guardians: $669,900
93) Phillies: $659,800
94) Reds: $649,600
95) Athletics: $641,800
96) Braves: $635,500
97) Cardinals: $629,500
98) Blue Jays: $623,200
99) Red Sox: $617,200
100) Yankees: $611,100
101) White Sox: $606,300
102) Brewers: $600,400
103) Astros: $594,300
104) Rays: $588,400
105) Dodgers: $582,400
106) Giants: $576,900

Fourth round:
107) Orioles: $571,100
108) D-backs: $565,500
109) Rangers: $560,000
110) Pirates: $554,600
111) Nationals: $549,100
112) Marlins: $543,600
113) Cubs: $538,400
114) Twins: $533,100
115) Royals: $527,800
116) Rockies: $522,700
117) Tigers: $517,700
118) Angels: $512,700
119) Mets: $507,500
120) Padres: $502,600
121) Guardians: $497,700
122) Phillies: $492,800
123) Reds: $488,100
124) Athletics: $483,300
125) Braves: $478,700
126) Mariners: $474,700
127) Cardinals: $470,100
128) Blue Jays: $465,400
129) Red Sox: $461,000
130) Yankees: $456,300
131) White Sox: $452,700
132) Brewers: $448,200
133) Astros: $443,700
134) Rays: $439,400
135) Dodgers: $435,000
136) Giants: $430,900

Fifth round:
137) Orioles: $426,600
138) D-backs: $422,400
139) Rangers: $418,200
140) Pirates: $414,300
141) Nationals: $410,200
142) Marlins: $406,200
143) Cubs: $402,100
144) Twins: $398,200
145) Royals: $394,200
146) Rockies: $390,500
147) Tigers: $386,600
148) Angels: $382,900
149) Mets: $379,100
150) Padres: $375,200
151) Guardians: $371,600
152) Phillies: $368,100
153) Reds: $364,400
154) Athletics: $360,800
155) Braves: $357,200
156) Mariners: $353,700
157) Cardinals: $350,200
158) Blue Jays: $346,800
159) Red Sox: $343,800
160) Yankees: $340,500
161) White Sox: $337,400
162) Brewers: $334,300
163) Astros: $331,400
164) Rays: $328,200
165) Dodgers: $325,200
166) Giants: $322,400

Sixth round:
167) Orioles: $319,600
168) D-backs: $316,900
169) Rangers: $314,200
170) Pirates: $311,400
171) Nationals: $308,700
172) Marlins: $306,200
173) Cubs: $303,700
174) Twins: $301,000
175) Royals: $298,600
176) Rockies: $296,100
177) Tigers: $293,700
178) Angels: $291,200
179) Mets: $288,700
180) Padres: $286,300
181) Guardians: $284,000
182) Phillies: $281,800
183) Reds: $279,500
184) Athletics: $277,100
185) Braves: $274,900
186) Mariners: $272,600
187) Cardinals: $270,500
188) Blue Jays: $268,300
189) Red Sox: $266,200
190) Yankees: $263,800
191) White Sox: $261,600
192) Brewers: $259,500
193) Astros: $257,300
194) Rays: $255,300
195) Dodgers: $253,200
196) Giants: $251,100

Seventh round:
197) Orioles: $249,000
198) D-backs: $247,000
199) Rangers: $244,800
200) Pirates: $242,800
201) Nationals: $241,400
202) Marlins: $239,300
203) Cubs: $237,300
204) Twins: $235,400
205) Royals: $233,400
206) Rockies: $231,400
207) Tigers: $229,600
208) Angels: $227,600
209) Mets: $225,800
210) Padres: $224,100
211) Guardians: $222,200
212) Phillies: $220,400
213) Reds: $218,800
214) Athletics: $217,000
215) Braves: $215,200
216) Mariners: $213,700
217) Cardinals: $211,800
218) Blue Jays: $210,300
219) Red Sox: $208,600
220) Yankees: $207,300
221) White Sox: $205,600
222) Brewers: $204,300
223) Astros: $202,700
224) Rays: $201,200
225) Dodgers: $199,700
226) Giants: $198,500

Eighth round:
227) Orioles: $197,200
228) D-backs: $195,800
229) Rangers: $194,100
230) Pirates: $193,000
231) Nationals: $191,500
232) Marlins: $190,400
233) Cubs: $188,900
234) Twins: $187,700
235) Royals: $186,400
236) Rockies: $185,200
237) Tigers: $183,900
238) Angels: $182,800
239) Mets: $181,800
240) Padres: $180,800
241) Guardians: $179,900
242) Phillies: $178,900
243) Reds: $178,100
244) Athletics: $177,000
245) Braves: $176,300
246) Mariners: $175,500
247) Cardinals: $174,500
248) Blue Jays: $173,800
249) Red Sox: $173,100
250) Yankees: $172,200
251) White Sox: $171,700
252) Brewers: $171,000
253) Astros: $170,200
254) Rays: $169,600
255) Dodgers: $169,000
256) Giants: $168,400

Ninth round:
257) Orioles: $167,800
258) D-backs: $167,300
259) Rangers: $166,600
260) Pirates: $166,100
261) Nationals: $165,600
262) Marlins: $165,200
263) Cubs: $164,500
264) Twins: $164,000
265) Royals: $163,700
266) Rockies: $163,200
267) Tigers: $162,800
268) Angels: $162,400
269) Mets: $161,900
270) Padres: $161,400
271) Guardians: $161,100
272) Phillies: $160,700
273) Reds: $160,300
274) Athletics: $160,000
275) Braves: $159,700
276) Mariners: $159,300
277) Cardinals: $159,000
278) Blue Jays: $158,500
279) Red Sox: $158,100
280) Yankees: $157,900
281) White Sox: $157,700
282) Brewers: $157,400
283) Astros: $157,100
284) Rays: $156,900
285) Dodgers: $156,500
286) Giants: $155,900

Tenth round:
287) Orioles: $155,700
288) D-backs: $155,400
289) Rangers: $155,200
290) Pirates: $154,900
291) Nationals: $154,700
292) Marlins: $154,500
293) Cubs: $154,200
294) Twins: $153,700
295) Royals: $153,500
296) Rockies: $153,100
297) Tigers: $152,900
298) Angels: $152,700
299) Mets: $152,400
300) Padres: $152,100
301) Guardians: $151,900
302) Phillies: $151,700
303) Reds: $151,400
304) Athletics: $151,200
305) Braves: $150,900
306) Mariners: $150,800
307) Cardinals: $150,500
308) Blue Jays: $150,300
309) Red Sox: $149,900
310) Yankees: $149,700
311) White Sox: $149,500
312) Brewers: $149,500
313) Astros: $149,500
314) Rays: $149,500
315) Dodgers: $149,500
316) Giants: $149,400