Dodgers sign 14 of their 2016 draft picks, including first-rounder Gavin Lux

The Dodgers made 42 picks in the 40 rounds of the 2016 MLB Draft, and the team has already signed 14 of them, with only two drafted players declaring that they will not be signing with the team.

So far the Dodgers have done a nice bit of business, keeping spending just about in line with their slot values. Though if they want to sign some of the quality players they drafted after the 10th round, they’ll likely have to find significant savings at some point.

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Round – Name – Slot Amount – Signing Amount – Surplus Value

1st Round – Gavin Lux – $2,316,300 – $2,317,000 – -$700
2nd Round – Mitchell White – $993,800 – $590,800 – +$403,000
3rd Round – Dustin May – $590,800 – $1,000,000 – -$409,200
4th Round – D.J. Peters – $442,400 – ??? – N/A
6th Round – Errol Robinson – $247,900 – $250,000 – -$2,100
7th Round – Luke Raley – $187,400 – ??? – N/A
8th Round – Andre Scrubb – $175,100 – ??? – N/A
10th Round – Kevin Lachance – $156,600 – ??? – N/A
14th Round – Dean Kremer – N/A – ??? – N/A
16th Round – Darien Tubbs – N/A – ??? – N/A
18th Round – Cole Freeman – N/A – Will Not Sign – N/A
20th Round – Brock Carpenter – N/A – ??? – N/A
22nd Round – Jeff Paschke – N/A – ??? – N/A
26th Round – Brandon Montgomery – N/A – ??? – N/A
29th Round – Will Kincanon – N/A – Will Not Sign – N/A
31st Round – Stevie Berman – N/A – ??? – N/A

The Dodgers are currently spending $9000 over their slot value through four picks signed that count towards the bonus pool.

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Speaking of the bonus pool, this seems as good a time as any to recap how that works.

The picks within the first 10 rounds get a slot amount allotted to them, and they must be signed in order for their slot amount to go towards the overall bonus pool. Additionally, any picks signed over $100,000 from rounds 11-40 will count against the bonus pool.

Dodgers Digest is tracking the amount the Dodgers have gone over (or under) the slot amount for every pick because there are penalties for going over the allotted bonus pool.

0-4.99% Over – 75% Tax On Amount Over
5-9.99% Over – 75% Tax On Amount Over & Loss Of First-Round Pick In 2017
10-14.99% Over – 100% Tax On Amount Over & Loss Of First-Round Pick & Second-Round Pick In 2017
15% Or More Over – 100% Tax On Amount Over & Loss Of First-Round Pick In 2017 & 2018

Obviously the Dodgers want to avoid losing draft picks, which is the penalty that starts at 5% over the allotted bonus pool. That means for this draft, the Dodgers can effectively go up to $466,824 over their $9,336,500 bonus pool. So anything more than $9,803,324 will result in penalties that strip draft picks.

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