See also: Signing Bonus Allotments By Team
See also: Assigned Pick Values For Top 10 Rounds
The Marlins no longer have the largest bonus pool of any team in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Miami ceded that distinction to the Astros willingly on Sunday, trading the 39th pick in the upcoming draft—and the $1,457,600 that goes with it—to the Pirates for righthander Bryan Morris.
Marlins general manager Dan Jennings told BA simply, “We need to fix the back end of our bullpen.”
In doing so, the Marlins dropped their overall bonus pool total to $12,741,700. That’s still the second-largest bonus pool, but it leaves the Astros, who hold the No. 1 overall selection, with the largest pool at $13,362,200.
The Pirates, meanwhile, saw their pool grow to $7,063,700, moving from the 21st-largest pool to the 13th-largest pool. Pittsburgh now has five of the first 100 selections; its first pick comes at No. 24 overall with other selections at Nos. 39, 64, 73 and 100.
MLB allows teams to trade compensatory picks and the bonus pools associated with them, a new feature of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Previously, teams were not allowed to trade draft picks.
Morris, 27, was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2006 and was traded to the Pirates in the July 2008 Manny Ramirez trade. He’s 9-7, 3.56 in 81 career big league relief appearances.