2013 MLB Draft: Dodgers will pay bonus pool overage, but won't forfeit future pick

Seventh round pick BrandonTrinkwon, a shortstop out of UCSB, is among the Dodgers top draft 12 picks in 2013, all signed. - Ogden Raptors

Based on reported bonus amounts, the Dodgers are $233,100 over their allotted 2013 draft bonus pool.

The Dodgers on Thursday officially announced the signings of several draft picks, including seventh-round shortstop Brandon Trinkwon out of UC Santa Barbara. Others to sign were 3B Michael Ahmed (20th round), RHP James Baune (21st), LHP Jake Fisher (22nd), RHP Kyle Hooper (25th) and SS Dillon Moyer (38th), some of which were previously reported.

The Dodgers have signed 23 of their 40 selections, including each of their top 12 picks. The top 10 picks have slot amounts assigned to them, which makes up the Dodgers draft bonus pool, the amount they are allowed to spend on their picks. Any bonuses over $100,000 after the 10th round also get counted against the bonus pool as well.

After Trinkwon signed for the slot amount of $171,900, the only bonuses we didn't have were of the Dodgers fifth-round pick J.D. Underwood, eighth-rounder Kyle Farmer, and 10th-round pitcher Nick Keener.

That's where friend of True Blue LA Dustin Nosler, of Feelin Kinda Blue and Dugout Blues podcast fame, asking fellow friend of True Blue LA J.P. Hoorsntra of the Daily News the perfect question.

Here's a look at the Dodgers' draft bonus pool.

Dodgers 2013 MLB Draft
Round Player Signed Bonus Slot amount Over (under)
1 Chris Anderson lhp yes $2,109,900 $2,109,900 $0
2 Tom Windle lhp yes $986,500 $986,500 $0
3 Brandon Dixon 3b yes $566,500 $566,500 $0
4 Cody Bellinger 1b yes $700,000 $409,000 $291,000
5 J.D. Underwood rhp yes $360,000 $306,200 $53,800
6 Jacob Rhame rhp yes $300,000 $229,300 $70,700
7 Brandon Trinkwon ss yes $171,900 $171,900 $0
8 Kyle Farmer c yes $40,000 $153,600 ($113,600)
9 Henry Yates of yes $5,000 $143,500 ($138,500)
10 Nick Keener rhp yes $5,000 $135,300 ($130,300)
Picks 11-40 (bonuses over $100,000): Navin
$0 $200,000
Totals $5,211,700 $233,100 (+4.47%)

The Dodgers spent $233,100 over their bonus pool, or 4.47%, which means they have to pay a 75% tax on the overage, or roughly $174,825. If the Dodgers spend over $100,000 on any of their other picks, that overage will be added to the pool as well.

But if they add only another $27,485, the get to five percent over, which means in addition to the 75% tax on the overage amount they would also have to forfeit a future first round pick. But barring something unexpected, the Dodgers won't be giving up a draft pick.

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