How Much Did Your Team Spend in the Draft This Year?
8/21/11 in MLB
Baseball America has figured out what each team spent on draft bonuses this year. The signing deadline was August 15th. The top team this year was the Pirates, who spent a hair over $17 million. This was due to both having the #1 pick, Geritt Cole, and successfully signing some guys that were considered very likely to go to college (getting Josh Bell, considered the best high school hitter in the draft, to sign for $5 million being the best example). The rest of the top 5 were the Nationals, Royals, Cubs, and Diamondbacks.
At the other end of the spectrum are teams that either still adhere to the Commissioner's slot recommendation or have ownership issues. The bottom 5 were the Dodgers, Angels, A's, Tigers, and, coming in dead last with just $2.78 million in bonuses, the White Sox. Those teams are mostly all considered among the worst farm systems in baseball right now. That probably isn't a coincidence.