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Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Aggregate Bonus Pools

The pools range from $12,368,200 for the Twins (who own the No. 2 choice and added three selections for the loss of free agents Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel) to $1,645,700 for the Angels (who forfeited their first two picks to sign free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson). The sum of all the pools is $189,903,500, a slight reduction from the $191,876,250 clubs spent on the first 10 rounds of the loaded 2011 draft.

Last year, the Pirates spent a little over $17M on the draft. This year, barring a last-minute Derrek Lee signing, their bonus pool is going to be $6,563,500. The Royals spent a little over $14M on their 2011 draft class, and in 2012, their bonus pool is going to be $6,101,500.

Remember, though, the new CBA was all about increasing competitive balance!

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. UCCF Posted: February 20, 2012 at 04:13 PM (#4064930)
I'm unclear - what happens to the people drafted in Rounds 11 and later? If this pool counts only Rounds 1-10, can teams "promise" players that they'll wait to draft them in Round 11, when (presumably) they're not bound by the pool figures?

Look at the Cubs in 2011 for example - they spent $6.5M for Rounds 1-10 but $12M overall. So they dropped almost $5.5M on a player/players in the late rounds. Is that still an option here?

(Obviously, it's an option - but is it an option that won't trigger the penalties?)
   2. Der-K should've known better than to fly on AA. Posted: February 20, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4064941)
Allowed to spend up to $125k per player - anything over that counts against the pool.
   3. UCCF Posted: February 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4064946)
Ah OK - thanks.
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4064947)
(Obviously, it's an option - but is it an option that won't trigger the penalties?)


No.

As a side effect, the new agreement also prevents teams from "handcuffing" a tough-to-sign early pick to another tough-to-sign late pick, since if the early pick doesn't sign his money vanishes from the team's pool, and can't be used on the late-round pick.
   5. UCCF Posted: February 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4064962)
They've really battened this down, haven't they? The leverage for the people being drafted to negotiate up/down more than a little bit off slot is basically nil.

On the one hand, I won't miss guys like Boras holding teams' feet to the fire every year for increasingly large bonuses for unproven players. On the other hand... teams should have some flexibility to dump money into the draft as a strategy if they're looking to compete in the future rather than now. Maybe they should be able to buy draft slot cap offsets from other teams, like polluters do.

It'll be interesting at least.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 20, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4064982)
Did they move up the signing deadline? August 15 or whatever it was is stupid, it should be in July.
   7. Tricky Dick Posted: February 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM (#4065002)
Did they move up the signing deadline? August 15 or whatever it was is stupid, it should be in July.


yes. I don't have the date off the top of my head, but it was moved up.

As an observation, the Astros and Twins have a lot of room to improve their farm systems in this draft. Both teams can spend $5 - $6 million more than they spent on the first ten rounds in 2011. The Angels will have a tough draft--an aggregate bonus pool of $1.6 million.
   8. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 20, 2012 at 06:37 PM (#4065064)
Did they move up the signing deadline? August 15 or whatever it was is stupid, it should be in July.


July 13 at 5 PM.

-- MWE
   9. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM (#4065091)
July 13 at 5 PM.


That seems a bit quirky. Is it going to be July 13 every year, or is it the second Friday of July?

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