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Jim Callis

Breakdown of 2015 Draft signing bonus pools

Houston has record total with 2 of top 5 selections, followed by Rockies, D-backs, Braves

Breakdown of 2015 Draft signing bonus pools

After an unprecedented three-year run of owning the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, the Astros won't get whomever they want this year. But they still have more spending power than any club.

Houston has an allocated bonus pool of $17,289,200 for the first 10 rounds. To put that amount in perspective, the largest bonus outlay by a team in a single Draft had been $17,005,700 by the 2011 Pirates, who paid a record $8 million to No. 1 overall choice Gerrit Cole and $5 million to second-rounder Josh Bell.

Each pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, and the total for each of a club's choices covers what it can spend without penalty in those rounds plus any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given to an individual player selected in Rounds 11-40. The amounts rise each year in accordance with Major League Baseball's revenue growth and increased by 8.8 percent since last year.

The Astros have the largest bonus pool this year because they are the first team in Draft history to possess two of the top five selections. They received the No. 2 choice (pool value: $7,420,100) as compensation when they couldn't sign Brady Aiken, the No. 1 pick last June, and earned the No. 5 selection ($4,188,700) by posting MLB's fourth-worst record in 2014. Houston also acquired a competitive-balance lottery choice, No. 37 overall ($1,668,600), in the trade that sent Jarred Cosart to the Marlins last July.

The No. 1 overall pick belongs to Arizona and is valued at $8,616,900. Four clubs have pools in excess of $10 million: the Astros, Rockies ($13,989,800), Diamondbacks ($12,816,100) and Braves ($10,684,100). The Mets, who surrendered their first-rounder to sign free agent Michael Cuddyer, have the smallest pool at $3,587,800.

The pools for all 30 teams total $223,834,500. In 2014, the industry spent $222,809,919 on Draft bonuses, including $29,568,020 after the 10th round. Teams established a bonus record of $228,009,050 in 2011, the last Draft before the current Collective Bargaining Agreement instituted restrictions on spending.

If a player selected in the first 10 rounds doesn't sign, his assigned value is subtracted from his team's pool. If a club exceeds its allotment, it faces penalties.

A team that surpasses its pool by 0-5 percent pays a 75 percent tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, clubs start to lose future picks: a first-rounder and a 75 percent tax for surpassing it by more than 5 and up to 10 percent; a first- and a second-rounder and a 100 percent tax for more than 10 and up to 15 percent; and two first-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 15 percent.

In the first three years under these rules, teams have outspent their pools a total of 37 times, but never by more than 5 percent.

The 2015 Draft will take place on June 8-10, beginning with the Draft Preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on June 8 at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 75 picks streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 9.

Draft signing bonus pools
The amount allotted to each team to spend on the first 10 rounds of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft:

Astros -- $17,289,200
Rockies -- $13,989,800
D-backs -- $12,816,100
Braves -- $10,684,100
Rangers -- $9,099,900
Yankees -- $7,885,000
Dodgers -- $7,781,700
Reds -- $7,777,900
Brewers -- $7,743,800
Giants -- $7,515,500
Pirates -- $7,392,200
Twins -- $7,388,700
Cardinals -- $7,387,600
Cubs -- $7,236,100
Indians -- $7,234,200
Royals -- $7,206,700
Tigers -- $7,114,300
Phillies -- $7,058,500
Orioles -- $6,850,400
Marlins -- $6,766,400
Rays -- $6,591,300
Red Sox -- $6,223,800
Athletics -- $5,444,100
Blue Jays -- $5,411,000
White Sox -- $5,347,500
Angels -- $5,050,100
Mariners -- $4,186,900
Nationals -- $4,102,700
Padres -- $3,671,200
Mets -- $3,587,800

Total -- $223,834,500