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Marlins have highest 2014 draft bonus pool, Orioles lowest

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Jeffrey Loria's Marlins will have the most money to spend on the 2014 draft. (USATSI)
Jeffrey Loria's Marlins will have the most money to spend on the 2014 draft. (USATSI)

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Over at the most excellent Baseball America, J.J. Cooper has published the signing bonus pools for all 30 teams in advance of the June draft. Here's the top 10 ...

Team2014 Signing Bonus Pool
Miami Marlins$14,199,300
Houston Astros$13,362,200
Chicago White Sox$9,509,700
Toronto Blue Jays$9,458,500
Kansas City Royals$8,602,900
Chicago Cubs$8,352,200
Colorado Rockies$8,347,300
Cleveland Indians$8,234,100
Milwaukee Brewers$7,605,600
Minnesota Twins$7,525,600

As noted in the headline, the Orioles, with a bonus pool of just more than $2.2 million, will have the fewest bucks to spend on their picks. Click through for the full list of all 30 bonus pools.

MLB prior to the 2012 draft instituted a "hard slotting" system in which each pick is assigned a maximum bonus. Teams can exceed the figure for a given pick, but they can't go past their total bonus pools -- i.e., the numbers you see above -- without penalty.

Speaking of penalties, here's how those work:

- Team exceeds its bonus pool by 0-5 percent: 75 percent tax on overage;
- Team exceeds its bonus pool by between more than five percent and up to 10 percent: loss of a first-round pick and 75 percent tax on overage;
- Team exceeds its bonus pool by between more than 10 percent but less than 15 percent: lose first- and second-round picks and pay 100 percent tax on overage;
- Team exceeds its bonus pool by 15 percent or more: lose two first-round picks and pay 100 percent tax on overage.

The top overall pick of 2014, which belongs to the Astros, is assigned a value of $7,922,100. Last year, the Astros had the largest overall pool, with a figure of $11,698,800. As expected, this year's pool is substantially higher.

As for the 2014 draft order, River Avenue Blues has the full listing.

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