Under the collective bargaining agreement which began in 2012, MLB imposed a slotting system with a set value for every pick, and penalties for teams that spend more than their alloted amount. The Dodgers pick at No. 22 in the first round, with a slot value of $1,980,500, per Baseball America.
The Dodgers picked at No. 18 in 2013, and spent the full slot value of $2,109,900 on Chris Anderson. This year, the No. 18 pick, owned by the Nationals, has a slot value of $2,145.600.
Major League Baseball assigns slot values for every pick through the 10th round. The total draft signing bonus pool available for the Dodgers is $4,947,700. The Astros, who pick first overall and much higher than the Dodgers in every round, have a total signing bonus pool of $13,362,200.
Every dollar paid to picks in the first 10 rounds count toward the bonus pool, as does the amount of any signing bonus over $100,000 for any pick after the 10th round. The Dodgers in 2013 paid 11th-round pick Spencer Navin a $300,000 bonus and paid 17th-rounder Greg Harris a $175,000 bonus; of those bonuses, $200,000 and $75,000 respectively counted toward the Dodgers signing bonus pool.
If a pick in the first 10 rounds goes unsigned, the team loses that slot amount, which leads to teams often signing sure-to-sign placeholders in order to keep the bonus amount for potential later picks. The Dodgers paid ninth-round pick Hank Yates and 10th-round pick Nick Keener a paltry $5,000 each last year.
The penalties for spending more than the alloted bonus pool are as follows:
|Excess amount||Dodgers 2014 range||Penalties|
|0-4.99%||$4,947,701 - $5,195,084||75% tax on overage|
|5-9.99%||$5,195,085 - $5,442,469||75% tax on overage
loss of first round pick
|10-14.99%||$5,442,470 - $5,689,854||100% tax on overage
loss of first and second round picks
|15%+||$5,689,855+||100% tax on overage
loss of first round picks in next two drafts
|Per collective bargaining agreement|
The Dodgers were slighly over their slotted bonus allotment in 2013, but not five percent over, so they only had to pay a 75 percent overage tax and didn't forfeit any future picks.