Draft Spending Roundup: Nats Set Record

Some details on the millions of dollars that teams committed to the next wave of talent:

  • The Nationals spent more on this draft than any team has ever spent on a single draft, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America.
  • Callis ranks the top deals by present value and, not surprisingly, Stephen Strasburg comes out on top.
  • So how much did teams spend in total? They spent over $160MM on bonuses for players drafted in the first ten rounds, according to Callis. That's about $1MM more than teams spent on the same group of players last year, but Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers could stll sign late. As Callis notes, MLB doesn't have much to show for its efforts to slash bonuses. 
  • It's possible that this will be a record year for total draft bonuses awarded by MLB teams.

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