Dodgers have signed 33 of their 40 2014 draft picks, including Godbold & Ferguson

Yesterday, July 18, was the last day for teams to sign their draft picks from the 2014 MLB Draft, and the Dodgers ended up inking 33 of 40 draftees. Late additions to the Dodger family include 23rd rounder Andrew Godbold and 38th rounder Caleb Ferguson.

Godbold was listed as signed by Baseball America and also lists himself on Twitter as a Dodger. Ferguson made his announcement on Twitter and is a particularly interesting signing since he just underwent Tommy John surgery in May.

Worth nothing that the team officially lists only 30 signees so far, but I’m assuming that the other three are just not official yet. If not, then either news sources or the players themselves were very wrong about something. Also, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA has 32 out of 40 draftees signing and I’m pretty sure he’s going to add Godbold sooner than later as well.


Assuming none of the signees from rounds 11-40 have bonuses over $100,000, the Dodgers finished this signing period $200,900 over the cap, which is 4.06%. That subjects the Dodgers to a tax of 75% on their overage of $200,900, which amounts to $150,675.

If any of the signings from rounds 11-40 do go over the limit, the Dodgers have only $46,484 to work with before they trigger the serious draft penalties. Obviously they don’t want to go there.


Dodgers 2014 MLB Draft Picks

Dodgers select RHP Grant Holmes at No. 22 in the 2014 MLB Draft
Dodgers select OF Alex Verdugo in the 2nd round of the 2014 MLB Draft
Dodgers take John Richy, Jeff Brigham, Jared Walker in rounds 3-5 of 2014 MLB Draft
Dodgers take Stewart, Oaks, Redman, Campbell, Hering in rounds 6-10 of 2014 MLB Draft
Dodgers picks Vanegas, Freeman, Allen highlight rounds 11-25 of the 2014 MLB Draft
Dodgers picks Sylvester, Bain, Moore highlight rounds 26-40 of the 2014 MLB Draft

Dodgers sign 10 picks from 2014 draft, including Verdugo, Richy, Walker, De Jong, Kowalczyk
Dodgers sign 2014 draft picks Jeff Brigham (4th) & Trevor Oaks (7th)
Dodgers sign 10 more 2014 draft picks, including Taylor, Freeman, Wolfe, Vela, Allen
Dodgers sign 2014 first-round pick Grant Holmes
Dodgers sign 2014 draft picks Redman, Bereszniewicz, Whiting, Baranik
Dodgers sign 2014 draft picks Vanegas, Uter, Jones + $200,900 over slot


Draft Bonus Pool Reminder

All money paid to picks in the first 10 rounds count toward the bonus pool of $4,947,700. Players selected from rounds 11-40 can be paid up to $100,000 without affecting the bonus pool, but whatever amount given over $100,000 counts against the bonus pool.

So what’s the penalty for going over?

Up to 4.999 percent over ($5,195,084) the team pays a 75 percent tax on the amount over. Up to 9.999 percent over ($5,442,469) the team pays the 75 percent tax on the amount over and loses next year’s first-round pick. Up to 14.999 percent over ($5,689,854) the team pays a 100 percent tax on the amount over and loses next year’s first-round and second-round picks. From 15 percent ($5,689,855) and up the team pays the 100 percent tax on the amount over and loses the first-round pick for the next two years.

So basically the Dodgers can use up to $5,195,084 on this year’s bonus pool draft picks without losing anything significant aside from money.


Round Player Slot Bonus Difference
1 Grant Holmes $1,980,500 $2,500,000 +$519,500
2 Alex Verdugo $914,600 $914,600 $0
3 John Richy $534,400 $534,400 $0
4 Jeff Brigham $396,300 $396,300 $0
5 Jared Walker $296,700 $296,700 $0
6 Brock Stewart $222,200 $190,000 -$30,200
7 Trevor Oaks $166,600 $161,600 -$5,000
8 Hunter Redman $154,500 $30,000 -$124,500
9 Matt Campbell $144,300 $20,000 -$124,300
10 Colin Hering $137,600 $5,000 -$132,600
Total 2014 Draft $4,947,700 $5,048,600 +$100,900


Round Player Slot Bonus Difference
11 A.J. Vanegas $100,000 Limit $100,000 $0
12 Kameron Uter $100,000 Limit $200,000 +$100,000
13 Ryan Taylor $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
14 Kelvin Ramos $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
15 Joe Broussard $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
16 Devan Ahart $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
17 Tyler Wampler $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
18 Clint Freeman $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
19 Gary Cornish $100,000 Limit Will Not Sign None
20 Brian Wolfe $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
21 Ivan Vela $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
22 Bubby Rossman $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
23 Andrew Godbold $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
24 Jimmy Allen $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
25 Matt Jones $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
26 Deion Ulmer $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
27 Harlan Richter $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
28 Bill Bereszniewicz $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
29 Christian Trent $100,000 Limit Not Signed N/A
30 Brant Whiting $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
31 Derrick Sylvester $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
32 Scott De Jong $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
33 Carson Baranik $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
34 Hunter Bross $100,000 Limit Not Signed N/A
35 Tanner Chauncey $100,000 Limit Not Signed N/A
36 Kyle Kocher $100,000 Limit Not Signed N/A
37 Karch Kowalczyk $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
38 Caleb Ferguson $100,000 Limit Signed Unknown
39 Jeff Bain $100,000 Limit Not Signed N/A
40 Sam Moore $100,000 Limit Not Signed N/A
Total 2014 Draft 1 Over Limit $300,000 +$100,000

Chad Moriyama


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