Twins Lock Down No. 1 Pick In 2017
With a week remaining in the regular season, there’s a lot at stake, with both wild-card spots still up for grabs. There’s also a lot at stake with respect to the bottom of the standings; the Twins clinched the No. 1 overall pick with Sunday’s loss, their 100th of the season. Here's the reverse order of the standings entering tonight's games.
Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, each draft pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned bonus slot value. Teams are allowed to spend the sum of each of their individual bonus slots, provided they sign the player they selected with each of those picks.
The CBA stipulates that the values of the bonus slots are to increase in line with MLB’s revenue growth, and the league's revenue has grown every year since the CBA was agreed upon. This means that the top picks become even more valuable relative to the picks at the bottom. Here are the bonus slots for the top 30 picks in 2016.
|2016 BONUS SLOTS|
|10. White Sox||$3,380,600|
|12. Red Sox||$3,192,800|
|21. Blue Jays||$2,285,100|
|26. White Sox||$2,128,500|
Beyond the implications on draft bonus pools, the standings also determine international bonus pools. Again, it isn't clear whether the upcoming CBA will implement changes to the international system. If the reverse order of the standings continues to have a direct impact on international spending, the next week could have a significant impact.
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The rules are complex, but the idea is simple: over the next week, it is in the best interest of a rebuilding team to lose as many games as possible. The value of late-season winning isn’t as easily quantifiable as the value of tanking, but there are significant incentives for teams to lose in this final week.