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2018 Draft bonus pools, pick values

Royals have largest allotment, followed by Tigers, Rays
May 27, 2018

While the Tigers have the No. 1 overall choice in the 2018 Draft, they don't have the largest bonus pool.By virtue of adding two late first-round picks as compensation for the loss of free agents Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer, the Royals have the biggest allotment at $12,781,900. The Rays,

While the Tigers have the No. 1 overall choice in the 2018 Draft, they don't have the largest bonus pool.
By virtue of adding two late first-round picks as compensation for the loss of free agents Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer, the Royals have the biggest allotment at $12,781,900. The Rays, who gained two late first-rounders for the departure of free agent Alex Cobb and the failure to sign 2017 supplemental first-rounder Drew Rasmussen, rank second at $12,415,600. Detroit is a close third at $12,414,800, falling behind Tampa Bay after the Cardinals signed free agent Greg Holland and shuffled the picks from 59 through 76.
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MLB notified teams of the official pools for Draft and international spending in 2018 on Wednesday. Each pick in the first 10 rounds of the Draft has an assigned value, and the total for each of a club's selections equals what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. Any bonus money above $125,000 given to an individual player picked in rounds 11-40 also counts against a team's allotment.
The assigned slots are 4.2 percent higher than last year, reflecting the increase in MLB's annual revenues. Detroit's No. 1 overall choice is valued at $8,096,300, up from $7,770,700 in 2017.
Seven clubs have eight-figure bonus pools. In addition to the Royals, Rays and Tigers, that group includes the Giants ($11,747,500), Reds ($10,900,400), White Sox ($10,589,900) and Pirates ($10,390,400). The Dodgers, who have a full complement of picks, but select last in each round because they won an MLB-best 104 games last season, have the smallest pool at $5,288,200.
The pools for all 30 teams total $255,969,600, an average of $8,532,320 per club. Last year, they combined to spend a record $287,575,870 on Draft bonuses, including $45,435,100 after the 10th round.
Since the bonus pool system was introduced in 2012, no player has signed for more than the $7.23 million Hunter Greene received from the Reds as the No. 2 overall choice in 2017. The Tigers and other teams at the top of the Draft -- the Giants at No. 2 (valued at $7,494,600) and the Phillies at No. 3 ($6,947,500) -- likely will spend less than their full allotment for those selections and use the savings to spend more on later picks.
If a player selected in the first 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value is subtracted from his club's pool. If a team exceeds its allotment, it faces a penalty.
A team that outspends its pool by 0-5 percent pays 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 six years with these rules, teams have outspent their allotments a total of 95 times, but never by more than 5 percent. Twenty-one of the 30 clubs exceeded their pools last year.
Here are the bonus pools for all 30 clubs:

Royals: $12,781,900
Rays: $12,415,600
Tigers: $12,414,800
Giants: $11,747,500
Reds: $10,900,400
White Sox: $10,589,900
Padres: $10,462,000
Pirates: $10,390,400
Mets: $9,580,900
A's: $9,553,200
Indians: $9,145,200
Phillies: $8,858,500
Orioles: $8,754,400
Marlins: $8,658,400
Braves: $8,267,300
Blue Jays: $7,982,100
Cardinals: $7,968,400
D-backs: $7,683,700
Rockies: $7,633,900
Mariners: $7,555,200
Cubs: $7,517,100
Rangers: $7,356,000
Angels: $6,984,400
Brewers: $6,611,900
Yankees: $6,115,100
Twins: $5,933,200
Red Sox: $5,723,300
Nationals: $5,603,800
Astros: $5,492,900
Dodgers: $5,288,200
Here are the assigned values for each pick in the first 10 rounds:
First Round

  1. Tigers: $8,096,300
  2. Giants: $7,494,600
  3. Phillies: $6,947,500
  4. White Sox: $6,411,400
  5. Reds: $5,946,400
  6. Mets: $5,525,200
  7. Padres: $5,226,500
  8. Braves: $4,980,700
  9. A's: $4,761,500
  10. Pirates: $4,560,200
  11. Orioles: $4,375,100
  12. Blue Jays: $4,200,900
  13. Marlins: $4,038,200
  14. Mariners: $3,883,800
  15. Rangers: $3,738,500
  16. Rays: $3,603,500
  17. Angels: $3,472,900
  18. Royals: $3,349,300
  19. Cardinals: $3,231,700
  20. Twins: $3,120,000
  21. Brewers: $3,013,600
  22. Rockies: $2,912,300
  23. Yankees: $2,815,900
  24. Cubs: $2,724,000
  25. D-backs: $2,636,400
  26. Red Sox: $2,552,800
  27. Nationals: $2,472,700
  28. Astros: $2,399,400
  29. Indians: $2,332,700
  30. Dodgers: $2,275,800
    Compensation picks
  31. Rays: $2,224,400
  32. Rays: $2,171,700
  33. Royals: $2,118,700
  34. Royals: $2,066,700
  35. Indians: $2,016,400
    Competitive Balance Round A
  36. Pirates: $1,967,900
  37. Orioles: $1,923,500
  38. Padres: $1,878,300
  39. D-backs: $1,834,500
  40. Royals: $1,786,300
  41. Indians: $1,744,800
  42. Rockies: $1,704,000
  43. Cardinals: $1,664,200
    Second Round
  44. Tigers: $1,625,500
  45. Giants: $1,587,600
  46. White Sox: $1,556,100
  47. Reds: $1,520,300
  48. Mets: $1,485,100
  49. Braves: $1,450,500
  50. A's: $1,414,200
  51. Pirates: $1,382,400
  52. Blue Jays: $1,350,000
  53. Marlins: $1,318,500
  54. Mariners: $1,287,800
  55. Rangers: $1,257,500
  56. Rays: $1,228,000
  57. Angels: $1,196,500
  58. Royals: $1,168,300
  59. Twins: $1,140,600
  60. Brewers: $1,113,500
  61. Yankees: $1,086,900
  62. Cubs: $1,060,900
  63. D-backs: $1,035,500
  64. Red Sox: $1,010,500
  65. Nationals: $986,200
  66. Astros: $965,300
  67. Indians: $939,700
  68. Dodgers: $917,000
    Competitive Balance Round B
  69. Marlins: $894,600
  70. A's: $872,400
  71. Rays: $850,700
  72. Reds: $837,700
  73. Brewers: $824,900
  74. Padres: $812,200
    Compensation Picks
  75. Cardinals: $799,600
  76. Rockies: $787,200
  77. Cubs: $775,100
  78. Cubs: $762,900
    Third Round:
  79. Tigers: $750,800
  80. Giants: $738,700
  81. White Sox: $726,700
  82. Reds: $716,000
  83. Mets: $705,300
  84. Padres: $694,500
  85. A's: $683,800
  86. Pirates: $673,200
  87. Orioles: $663,200
  88. Blue Jays: $652,900
  89. Marlins: $642,600
  90. Mariners: $632,700
  91. Rangers: $622,800
  92. Rays: $613,400
  93. Angels: $604,100
  94. Royals: $594,800
  95. Cardinals: $587,600
  96. Rockies: $581,900
  97. Yankees: $576,400
  98. Cubs: $570,600
  99. D-backs: $565,100
  100. Red Sox: $559,600
  101. Nationals: $555,100
  102. Astros: $549,700
  103. Indians: $544,200
  104. Dodgers: $538,800
    Fourth round
  105. Tigers: $533,300
  106. Giants: $528,200
  107. Phillies: $522,900
  108. White Sox: $517,800
  109. Reds: $512,800
  110. Mets: $507,800
  111. Padres: $502,800
  112. Braves: $497,800
  113. A's: $493,000
  114. Pirates: $488,200
  115. Orioles: $483,300
  116. Blue Jays: $478,600
  117. Marlins: $474,000
  118. Mariners: $469,400
  119. Rangers: $464,700
  120. Rays: $460,200
  121. Angels: $455,700
  122. Royals: $451,200
  123. Cardinals: $446,900
  124. Twins: $442,600
  125. Brewers: $438,300
  126. Rockies: $434,700
  127. Yankees: $430,400
  128. Cubs: $426,100
  129. D-backs: $422,100
  130. Red Sox: $417,800
  131. Nationals: $414,500
  132. Astros: $410,400
  133. Indians: $406,300
  134. Dodgers: $402,300
    Fifth round
  135. Tigers: $398,300
  136. Giants: $394,600
  137. Phillies: $390,600
  138. White Sox: $386,800
  139. Reds: $382,900
  140. Mets: $379,400
  141. Padres: $375,600
  142. Braves: $371,900
  143. A's: $368,200
  144. Pirates: $364,600
  145. Orioles: $361,000
  146. Blue Jays: $357,500
  147. Marlins: $354,000
  148. Mariners: $350,600
  149. Rangers: $347,100
  150. Rays: $343,600
  151. Angels: $340,300
  152. Royals: $337,000
  153. Cardinals: $333,700
  154. Twins: $330,400
  155. Brewers: $327,100
  156. Rockies: $323,800
  157. Yankees: $320,700
  158. Cubs: $317,600
  159. D-backs: $314,800
  160. Red Sox: $311,800
  161. Nationals: $308,900
  162. Astros: $306,100
  163. Indians: $303,400
  164. Dodgers: $300,600
    Sixth Round
  165. Tigers: $297,800
  166. Giants: $295,200
  167. Phillies: $292,700
  168. White Sox: $290,200
  169. Reds: $287,700
  170. Mets: $285,200
  171. Padres: $282,700
  172. Braves: $280,400
  173. A's: $278,000
  174. Pirates: $275,600
  175. Orioles: $273,400
  176. Blue Jays: $271,100
  177. Marlins: $268,900
  178. Mariners: $266,600
  179. Rangers: $264,400
  180. Rays: $262,200
  181. Angels: $260,100
  182. Royals: $258,000
  183. Cardinals: $255,900
  184. Twins: $253,700
  185. Brewers: $251,700
  186. Rockies: $249,600
  187. Yankees: $247,600
  188. Cubs: $245,600
  189. D-backs: $243,700
  190. Red Sox: $241,600
  191. Nationals: $239,600
  192. Astros: $237,600
  193. Indians: $235,600
  194. Dodgers: $233,800
    Seventh Round
  195. Tigers: $231,900
  196. Giants: $229,900
  197. Phillies: $228,000
  198. White Sox: $226,200
  199. Reds: $224,200
  200. Mets: $222,300
  201. Padres: $221,000
  202. Braves: $219,100
  203. A's: $217,200
  204. Pirates: $215,500
  205. Orioles: $213,700
  206. Blue Jays: $211,900
  207. Marlins: $210,200
  208. Mariners: $208,400
  209. Rangers: $206,800
  210. Rays: $205,200
  211. Angels: $203,500
  212. Royals: $201,800
  213. Cardinals: $200,300
  214. Twins: $198,700
  215. Brewers: $197,000
  216. Rockies: $195,700
  217. Yankees: $194,000
  218. Cubs: $192,500
  219. D-backs: $191,000
  220. Red Sox: $189,800
  221. Nationals: $188,300
  222. Astros: $187,000
  223. Indians: $185,600
  224. Dodgers: $184,200
    Eighth Round:
  225. Tigers: $182,900
  226. Giants: $181,700
  227. Phillies: $180,600
  228. White Sox: $179,200
  229. Reds: $177,700
  230. Mets: $176,700
  231. Padres: $175,400
  232. Braves: $174,300
  233. A's: $173,000
  234. Pirates: $171,800
  235. Orioles: $170,700
  236. Blue Jays: $169,600
  237. Marlins: $168,400
  238. Mariners: $167,400
  239. Rangers: $166,400
  240. Rays: $165,600
  241. Angels: $164,700
  242. Royals: $163,800
  243. Cardinals: $163,100
  244. Twins: $162,100
  245. Brewers: $161,400
  246. Rockies: $160,700
  247. Yankees: $159,800
  248. Cubs: $159,100
  249. D-backs: $158,500
  250. Red Sox: $157,700
  251. Nationals: $157,200
  252. Astros: $156,500
  253. Indians: $155,900
  254. Dodgers: $155,300
    Ninth Round:
  255. Tigers: $154,700
  256. Giants: $154,200
  257. Phillies: $153,600
  258. White Sox: $153,200
  259. Reds: $152,600
  260. Mets: $152,100
  261. Padres: $151,600
  262. Braves: $151,200
  263. A's: $150,700
  264. Pirates: $150,200
  265. Orioles: $149,900
  266. Blue Jays: $149,400
  267. Marlins: $149,000
  268. Mariners: $148,700
  269. Rangers: $148,300
  270. Rays: $147,800
  271. Angels: $147,500
  272. Royals: $147,100
  273. Cardinals: $146,800
  274. Twins: $146,500
  275. Brewers: $146,200
  276. Rockies: $145,900
  277. Yankees: $145,600
  278. Cubs: $145,100
  279. D-backs: $144,800
  280. Red Sox: $144,600
  281. Nationals: $144,400
  282. Astros: $144,100
  283. Indians: $143,800
  284. Dodgers: $143,600
    10th Round:
  285. Tigers: $143,300
  286. Giants: $142,800
  287. Phillies: $142,600
  288. White Sox: $142,300
  289. Reds: $142,100
  290. Mets: $141,800
  291. Padres: $141,600
  292. Braves: $141,400
  293. A's: $141,200
  294. Pirates: $140,800
  295. Orioles: $140,600
  296. Blue Jays: $140,200
  297. Marlins: $140,000
  298. Mariners: $139,800
  299. Rangers: $139,500
  300. Rays: $139,300
  301. Angels: $139,100
  302. Royals: $138,900
  303. Cardinals: $138,600
  304. Twins: $138,400
  305. Brewers: $138,200
  306. Rockies: $138,100
  307. Yankees: $137,800
  308. Cubs: $137,600
  309. D-backs: $137,300
  310. Red Sox: $137,100
  311. Nationals: $136,900
  312. Astros: $136,800
  313. Indians: $136,800
  314. Dodgers: $136,800

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