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2016 Draft bonus pools, pick values

Reds have largest allotment, followed by Phillies, who own No. 1 selection
April 5, 2016

A year after spending a franchise-record $9,018,050 on Draft bonuses, the Reds are poised to blow well past that figure in 2016. According to figures released by MLB to teams Monday, Cincinnati has baseball's largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year's Draft at $13,923,700.Each pick in

A year after spending a franchise-record $9,018,050 on Draft bonuses, the Reds are poised to blow well past that figure in 2016. According to figures released by MLB to teams Monday, Cincinnati has baseball's largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year's Draft at $13,923,700.
Each pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, and the total for each of a team's choices covers what it can spend without penalty in those rounds. Any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given to an individual player selected in rounds 11-40 also counts against a club's bonus pool. The amounts rise each year in accordance with Major League Baseball's revenue growth and increased by 4.62 percent compared to 2015.
2016 Draft order
The five largest pools belong to National League clubs, as do seven of the first eight picks in the Draft. Behind the Reds, four other teams have pools in excess of $10 million: the Phillies ($13,405,200), Padres ($12,869,200), Braves ($12,385,200) and Rockies ($11,153,400).
Philadelphia owns the No. 1 choice, which comes with a value of $9,015,000. The Phillies are unlikely to spend that much on the top selection and can use their savings to bolster bonuses of later choices. Dansby Swanson got $6.5 million from the Diamondbacks as the No. 1 pick in 2015, while Gerrit Cole set the all-time Draft bonus record with $8 million from the Pirates as the No. 1 choice in 2011.
Draft central
The Cubs, who surrendered their top two choices as compensation for free agents Jason Heyward and John Lackey, have the lowest bonus pool at $2,245,100.
The pools for all 30 teams total $234,331,200. In 2015, the industry spent a record $248,831,830 on Draft bonuses, including $38,948,300 after the 10th round.
If a player chosen in the first 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value is subtracted from his club's pool. If a team surpasses its allotment, it faces penalties.
A club that exceeds its pool by 0-5 percent pays a 75 percent tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, teams forfeit future picks: a first-rounder and a 75 percent tax for going beyond 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 the first four years under these rules, clubs have outspent their pools a total of 51 times, but never by more than 5 percent.
Below are the bonus pools for all 30 clubs:
Reds: $13,923,700
Phillies: $13,405,200
Braves: $13,224,100
Padres: $12,869,200
Rockies: $11,153,400
Athletics: $9,883,500
White Sox: $9,416,600
Brewers: $9,364,300
Dodgers: $9,336,500
Cardinals: $9,143,300
Twins: $8,153,500
Mets: $7,671,700
Rays: $7,643,100
Nationals: $7,635,500
Indians: $7,499,600
Mariners: $7,136,000
Pirates: $7,007,900
Red Sox: $6,997,400
Orioles: $6,706,900
Blue Jays: $6,665,900
Marlins: $6,445,900
Angels: $6,120,500
Astros: $5,928,300
Yankees: $5,831,200
Tigers: $5,424,300
Diamondbacks: $5,419,900
Rangers: $5,358,500
Giants: $3,494,900
Royals: $3,225,300
Cubs: $2,245,100
Here are the assigned values for each pick in the first 10 rounds:
First Round

  1. Phillies: $9,015,000
  2. Reds: $7,762,900
  3. Braves: $6,510,800
  4. Rockies: $5,258,700
  5. Brewers: $4,382,200
  6. Athletics: $4,069,200
  7. Marlins: $3,756,300
  8. Padres: $3,630,900
  9. Tigers: $3,505,800
  10. White Sox: $3,380,600
  11. Mariners: $3,286,700
  12. Red Sox: $3,192,800
  13. Rays: $3,098,900
  14. Indians: $2,973,700
  15. Twins: $2,817,100
  16. Angels: $2,660,800
  17. Astros: $2,504,200
  18. Yankees: $2,441,600
  19. Mets: $2,378,800
  20. Dodgers: $2,316,300
  21. Blue Jays: $2,285,100
  22. Pirates: $2,253,700
  23. Cardinals: $2,222,500
  24. Padres: $2,191,200
  25. Padres: $2,159,900
  26. White Sox: $2,128,500
  27. Orioles: $2,097,200
  28. Nationals: $2,065,900
  29. Nationals: $2,034,600
  30. Rangers: $2,003,400
  31. Mets: $1,972,100
  32. Dodgers: $1,940,700
  33. Cardinals: $1,909,500
  34. Cardinals: $1,878,000
    Supplemental First Round
  35. Reds: $1,837,200
  36. Dodgers: $1,791,000
  37. Athletics: $1,745,700
  38. Rockies: $1,701,600
  39. Diamondbacks: $1,658,600
  40. Braves: $1,616,800
  41. Pirates: $1,576,000
    Second Round
  42. Phillies: $1,536,200
  43. Reds: $1,497,500
  44. Braves: $1,459,700
  45. Rockies: $1,422,900
  46. Brewers: $1,386,900
  47. Athletics: $1,351,800
  48. Padres: $1,317,800
  49. White Sox: $1,284,500
  50. Mariners: $1,252,100
  51. Red Sox: $1,232,800
  52. Diamondbacks: $1,214,100
  53. Rays: $1,195,500
  54. Orioles: $1,177,200
  55. Indians: $1,159,200
  56. Twins: $1,141,600
  57. Blue Jays: $1,124,000
  58. Nationals: $1,107,000
  59. Giants: $1,090,000
  60. Angels: $1,073,300
  61. Astros: $1,056,800
  62. Yankees: $1,040,800
  63. Rangers: $1,024,900
  64. Mets: $1,009,200
  65. Dodgers: $993,800
  66. Blue Jays: $978,600
  67. Royals: $963,700
  68. Pirates: $948,900
  69. Orioles: $934,400
  70. Cardinals: $920,100
    Supplemental Second Round
  71. Padres: $905,900
  72. Indians: $892,200
  73. Twins: $878,500
  74. Twins: $865,200
  75. Brewers: $851,900
  76. Braves: $838,900
  77. Rays: $826,200
    Third Round
  78. Phillies: $813,500
  79. Reds: $801,000
  80. Braves: $788,800
  81. Rockies: $776,700
  82. Brewers: $764,800
  83. Athletics: $753,100
  84. Marlins: $741,700
  85. Padres: $730,400
  86. White Sox: $719,100
  87. Mariners: $708,200
  88. Red Sox: $697,300
  89. Diamondbacks: $686,600
  90. Rays: $676,200
  91. Orioles: $665,800
  92. Indians: $655,500
  93. Twins: $645,600
  94. Nationals: $635,800
  95. Giants: $625,900
  96. Angels: $620,100
  97. Astros: $614,000
  98. Yankees: $608,200
  99. Rangers: $602,400
  100. Mets: $596,600
  101. Dodgers: $590,800
  102. Blue Jays: $585,100
  103. Royals: $579,700
  104. Cubs: $573,900
  105. Pirates: $568,400
  106. Cardinals: $563,100
    Fourth Round
  107. Phillies: $557,600
  108. Reds: $552,400
  109. Braves: $546,800
  110. Rockies: $541,800
  111. Brewers: $536,400
  112. Athletics: $531,500
  113. Marlins: $526,300
  114. Padres: $521,200
  115. Tigers: $516,200
  116. White Sox: $511,300
  117. Mariners: $506,400
  118. Red Sox: $501,300
  119. Diamondbacks: $496,700
  120. Rays: $491,900
  121. Orioles: $487,100
  122. Indians: $482,500
  123. Twins: $477,900
  124. Nationals: $473,300
  125. Giants: $468,700
  126. Angels: $464,300
  127. Astros: $459,700
  128. Yankees: $455,400
  129. Rangers: $451,000
  130. Mets: $446,500
  131. Dodgers: $442,400
  132. Blue Jays: $438,100
  133. Royals: $433,900
  134. Cubs: $429,700
  135. Pirates: $425,700
  136. Cardinals: $421,600
    Fifth Round
  137. Phillies: $417,500
  138. Reds: $413,600
  139. Braves: $409,600
  140. Rockies: $405,600
  141. Brewers: $401,700
  142. Athletics: $398,000
  143. Marlins: $394,100
  144. Padres: $390,300
  145. Tigers: $386,500
  146. White Sox: $382,800
  147. Mariners: $379,000
  148. Red Sox: $375,500
  149. Diamondbacks: $371,900
  150. Rays: $368,400
  151. Orioles: $364,700
  152. Indians: $361,300
  153. Twins: $357,800
  154. Nationals: $354,300
  155. Giants: $350,900
  156. Angels: $347,700
  157. Astros: $344,300
  158. Yankees: $341,000
  159. Rangers: $337,600
  160. Mets: $334,500
  161. Dodgers: $331,100
  162. Blue Jays: $328,100
  163. Royals: $324,800
  164. Cubs: $321,800
  165. Pirates: $318,800
  166. Cardinals: $315,600
    Sixth Round
  167. Phillies: $312,700
  168. Reds: $309,700
  169. Braves: $306,600
  170. Rockies: $303,700
  171. Brewers: $300,800
  172. Athletics: $298,000
  173. Marlins: $294,900
  174. Padres: $292,200
  175. Tigers: $289,400
  176. White Sox: $286,700
  177. Mariners: $283,800
  178. Red Sox: $281,100
  179. Diamondbacks: $278,500
  180. Rays: $275,900
  181. Orioles: $273,100
  182. Indians: $270,300
  183. Twins: $267,800
  184. Nationals: $265,400
  185. Giants: $262,700
  186. Angels: $260,300
  187. Astros: $257,900
  188. Yankees: $255,300
  189. Rangers: $252,900
  190. Mets: $250,500
  191. Dodgers: $247,900
  192. Blue Jays: $245,600
  193. Royals: $243,300
  194. Cubs: $241,000
  195. Pirates: $238,600
  196. Cardinals: $236,400
    Seventh Round
  197. Phillies: $234,000
  198. Reds: $231,900
  199. Braves: $229,700
  200. Rockies: $227,400
  201. Brewers: $225,500
  202. Athletics: $223,300
  203. Marlins: $221,100
  204. Padres: $219,000
  205. Tigers: $216,900
  206. White Sox: $214,900
  207. Mariners: $212,700
  208. Red Sox: $210,700
  209. Diamondbacks: $208,700
  210. Rays: $206,600
  211. Orioles: $204,700
  212. Indians: $202,900
  213. Twins: $200,900
  214. Nationals: $198,900
  215. Giants: $197,100
  216. Angels: $195,200
  217. Astros: $193,300
  218. Yankees: $191,500
  219. Rangers: $189,600
  220. Mets: $187,800
  221. Dodgers: $187,400
  222. Blue Jays: $186,900
  223. Royals: $186,500
  224. Cubs: $186,000
  225. Pirates: $185,700
  226. Cardinals: $185,300
    Eighth Round
  227. Phillies: $184,800
  228. Reds: $184,400
  229. Braves: $184,100
  230. Rockies: $183,500
  231. Brewers: $183,200
  232. Athletics: $182,900
  233. Marlins: $182,200
  234. Padres: $181,900
  235. Tigers: $181,600
  236. White Sox: $181,100
  237. Mariners: $180,600
  238. Red Sox: $180,300
  239. Diamondbacks: $179,800
  240. Rays: $179,400
  241. Orioles: $179,000
  242. Indians: $178,700
  243. Twins: $178,200
  244. Nationals: $177,700
  245. Giants: $177,400
  246. Angels: $177,000
  247. Astros: $176,600
  248. Yankees: $176,200
  249. Rangers: $175,800
  250. Mets: $175,400
  251. Dodgers: $175,100
  252. Blue Jays: $174,700
  253. Royals: $174,100
  254. Cubs: $173,800
  255. Pirates: $173,500
  256. Cardinals: $172,900
    Ninth Round
  257. Phillies: $172,600
  258. Reds: $172,300
  259. Braves: $171,800
  260. Rockies: $171,400
  261. Brewers: $171,100
  262. Athletics: $170,700
  263. Marlins: $170,300
  264. Padres: $169,900
  265. Tigers: $169,600
  266. White Sox: $169,200
  267. Mariners: $168,900
  268. Red Sox: $168,400
  269. Diamondbacks: $168,100
  270. Rays: $167,500
  271. Orioles: $167,100
  272. Indians: $166,700
  273. Twins: $166,300
  274. Nationals: $166,000
  275. Giants: $165,600
  276. Angels: $165,200
  277. Astros: $164,900
  278. Yankees: $164,600
  279. Rangers: $164,300
  280. Mets: $163,700
  281. Dodgers: $163,400
  282. Blue Jays: $163,100
  283. Royals: $162,700
  284. Cubs: $162,300
  285. Pirates: $162,000
  286. Cardinals: $161,700
    Tenth Round
  287. Phillies: $161,300
  288. Reds: $160,800
  289. Braves: $160,500
  290. Rockies: $160,100
  291. Brewers: $159,800
  292. Athletics: $159,300
  293. Marlins: $159,000
  294. Padres: $158,600
  295. Tigers: $158,300
  296. White Sox: $157,900
  297. Mariners: $157,600
  298. Red Sox: $157,200
  299. Diamondbacks: $156,900
  300. Rays: $156,600
  301. Orioles: $156,600
  302. Indians: $156,600
  303. Twins: $156,600
  304. Nationals: $156,600
  305. Giants: $156,600
  306. Angels: $156,600
  307. Astros: $156,600
  308. Yankees: $156,600
  309. Rangers: $156,600
  310. Mets: $156,600
  311. Dodgers: $156,600
  312. Blue Jays: $156,600
  313. Royals: $156,600
  314. Cubs: $156,600
  315. Pirates: $156,600
  316. Cardinals: $156,600

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