Bonus Spending By Team

Teams spent $207.9 million on draft bonuses in 2012, the second-highest total ever. The record was set a year ago, when the clubs combined to spend $228 million on bonuses and another $8.1 million on guaranteed salaries as part of major league contracts.

With new draft rules allocating specific bonus pools and prescribing harsh draft-pick penalties to teams that exceeded them by more than 5 percent, several clubs changed their shopping patterns. The Pirates and Nationals were the two biggest draft spenders under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement, which covered the 2007-11 seasons. Pittsburgh plummeted from a record $17 million in 2011 to $3.8 million this year, while Washington dropped from $15 million (and another $2.6 million in salary guarantees) to $4.9 million.

On the other side of the spectrum, both the Twins and Astros had ranked in the bottom third in bonus spending under the old CBA. With the top two draft slots and bonus pools this year, Minnesota and Houston led all clubs by paying $12.6 million and $12.1 million in bonuses, respectively.

Team 2012 2011 2007-11 Average
Twins $12,602,400 $5,902,300 $4,720,740
Astros $12,074,200 $5,545,800 $5,032,526
Padres $10,993,000 $11,020,600 $7,153,620
Blue Jays $10,486,000 $10,996,500 $7,685,920
Cardinals $9,909,490 $4,554,000 $5,363,640
Mariners $9,325,200 $11,330,500 $7,211,180
Cubs $9,164,700 $11,994,550 $6,481,420
Athletics $8,300,600 $3,067,300 $5,042,100
Red Sox $7,908,000 $10,978,700 $8,819,450
Royals $7,573,000 $14,066,000 $9,040,980
Reds $7,450,400 $6,378,900 $5,533,770
Orioles $7,433,200 $8,432,100 $8,243,940
Rangers $7,394,400 $4,193,000 $6,276,860
Brewers $7,200,100 $7,509,300 $5,870,300
Mets $7,007,400 $6,782,500 $4,983,860
Rockies $6,978,700 $3,967,900 $4,900,780
White Sox $6,452,100 $2,786,300 $3,665,490
Dodgers $6,277,300 $3,509,300 $4,721,610
Marlins $5,755,700 $4,135,000 $4,342,210
Indians $5,330,000 $8,225,000 $6,635,860
Yankees $4,898,400 $6,324,500 $6,739,800
Nationals $4,880,500 $15,002,100 $10,216,920
Phillies $4,787,800 $4,689,800 $4,560,540
Braves $4,758,000 $3,735,700 $4,402,210
Giants $4,630,500 $6,266,000 $6,632,480
Diamondbacks $4,594,800 $11,930,000 $7,052,200
Rays $4,427,300 $11,482,900 $8,116,440
Pirates $3,830,700 $17,005,700 $10,411,480
Tigers $3,172,300 $2,878,700 $6,253,840
Angels $2,289,800 $3,318,100 $4,538,880
Total $207,885,990 $228,009,050 $190,651,046
Average $6,929,533 $7,600,302 $6,355,035

Editor’s note: This chart has been updated from its original version to reflect the Astros’ signing of seventh-rounder Preston Tucker for $100,000 (July 18), the Red Sox’ signing of 40th-rounder Kevin Heller for $1,000 (Aug. 8), the Pirates’ signing of 21st-rounder Jordan Steranka for $1,000 (Aug. 31) and the White Sox’ signings of 29th-rounder Jason Coats (Jan. 8) and 39th-rounder Mitch Glasser (Jan. 15) for $1,000 each.

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