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Jim Callis

Marlins lead near-record Draft spending

Marlins lead near-record Draft spending

Teams combined to spend $222,809,919 on Draft bonuses in 2014, the second-highest total ever and the most under the revamped rules that came into play two years ago. The record of $228,009,050 was set in 2011, the final year of the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement, when clubs guaranteed another $8.05 million in salaries as part of big league contracts.

Had the Astros signed Aiken, a new industry bonus standard would have been set. The two sides agreed to a $6.5 million bonus before a post-Draft physical raised concerns about Aiken's elbow, and he declined Houston's final revised offer of slightly more than $5 million.

When the Astros couldn't sign Aiken, they rescinded a $1.5 million agreement with Nix. Under the Draft rules, the assigned pick value for unsigned players is removed from a team's bonus pool. Had Houston paid Nix $1.5 million without getting credit for Aiken's pick value ($7,922,100), it would have exceeded its allotment by more than 15 percent, triggering the loss its next two first-round choices as a penalty.

The Marlins led all teams with a franchise-record $13,112,900 in bonuses, including $6 million for No. 2 overall choice Tyler Kolek. That's the fourth-highest total in Draft history -- the Pirates established the mark with $17,005,700 in 2011 -- and the most ever under the current CBA. The White Sox ranked second this year with $10,460,600, including $6,582,000 for No. 3 pick Carlos Rodon, and also set a new franchise standard.

Miami and Chicago's Drafts became the 26th and 27th ever to top $10 million in bonuses, all of which have come since 2008.

Below is a complete list of team-by-team total spending on the 2014 Draft. The Original Pool column indicates each club's allotment for the first 10 rounds before any subtractions for unsigned players, relating its relative spending power, while Spent Vs. Pool shows how much it took advantage of that spending power.

No team exceeded its adjusted pool by more than 5 percent, which would have triggered the loss of a future first-round selection. The Nationals outspent their allotment by exactly 5 percent, while the Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Mariners, Pirates, Rangers, Rays and White Sox came close to the threshold.

Half of the 30 clubs surpassed their pools, triggering a 75-percent tax penalty on their overages. They'll combine to pay $2,676,914 in Draft taxes to be distributed among teams that are eligible for revenue sharing and didn't exceed their allotment.

Team          Signees        Bonuses   Original Pool   Spent Vs. Pool
Marlins            33    $13,112,900     $12,741,700           102.9%
White Sox          32    $10,460,600      $9,509,700           110.0%
Royals             32     $9,888,700      $8,602,900           114.9%
Cubs               27     $9,783,000      $8,352,200           117.1%
Indians            30     $9,317,800      $8,234,100           113.2%
Blue Jays          28     $9,308,700      $9,458,500            98.4%
Rockies            31     $8,853,800      $8,347,300           106.1%
Diamondbacks       31     $8,357,900      $7,228,300           115.6%
Mariners           36     $8,237,500      $6,767,900           121.7%
Pirates            32     $8,186,400      $7,063,700           115.9%
Brewers            26     $8,102,300      $7,605,600           106.5%
Twins              30     $8,067,600      $7,525,600           107.2%
Reds               28     $7,929,900      $6,973,400           113.7%
Red Sox            31     $7,814,800      $6,373,300           122.6%
Cardinals          28     $7,613,800      $7,087,200           107.4%
Giants             23     $7,275,900      $5,949,800           122.3%
Phillies           28     $7,187,800      $6,896,700           104.2%
Rays               37     $7,141,319      $5,848,400           122.1%
Padres             30     $6,637,600      $6,098,600           108.8%
Mets               28     $6,488,800      $5,308,300           122.2%
Angels             34     $6,387,500      $5,774,000           110.6%
Astros             36     $6,154,500     $13,362,200            46.1%
Rangers            27     $6,089,200      $4,820,700           126.3%
Dodgers            33     $5,901,100      $4,947,700           119.3%
Tigers             31     $5,405,300      $4,890,200           110.5%
Athletics          25     $5,386,000      $4,778,300           112.7%
Nationals          28     $5,188,600      $5,275,700            98.3%
Braves             27     $5,069,800      $4,557,700           111.2%
Yankees            26     $4,050,200      $3,202,300           126.5%
Orioles            31     $3,410,600      $2,204,400           154.7%
Total             899   $222,809,919    $205,786,400           108.3%

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.