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Top draft picks can ask for however much they like each summer because nothing officially limits the amount teams spend on their draft picks. Bud Selig presents each team with a recommendation for its slot, but the clubs don't have to stick to it. Here's a quick explanation of slotting:

  • Selig recommends a limit to keep bonuses down.
  • There are no direct consequences for a club that awards a big bonus.
  • Teams aren't supposed to know what the recommended bonuses are for other slots.

Thanks to Murray Chass's recent article on the subject. This post was originally published June 9th, 2009.

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