Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
In the early days of spring training, John Farrell has been careful not to praise his pitchers after a short mound session against batters who behave like statues.
But on Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays manager could not hold his reserve. It was a hot day and maybe the sunshine was getting to him. But Farrell had also just watched Dustin McGowan throw 25 pitches to five teammates, some of whom muttered about the filth the big right-hander was serving up.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Basking in the warm glow of the optimism of the approaching spring - not just your typical spring optimism but the really positive vibe that seems to be emanating from Dunedin, Florida (yes, I'm going to claim that it's better than your typical optimism, deal with it) is a wonderful feeling, and it's so much better than the cynical skepticism that seems to be the whole reason for posting on the internet for some folks. I freely admit i'm a well not "glass-half-full" gal and make no apologies for it. When I look ahead to the future I tend to frame the question of what will happen around certain basic ideas:
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Blue Jays 14 $8,830,800 $8,990,000 $10,996,500
Note that the first column is the pool for the first 10 rounds only, not 10 picks, 10 rounds. After that, according to the article, the teams are capped at $125,000 per pick, but Jim Callis (the author of the piece) tweets that it's $100k. I'm not sure which is correct but for the purpose of this discussion I will assume the lower and that the former figure is simply an awkward phrasing.Teams typically draft through 50 rounds, so there are 40 picks after the pool, and anything a team spends over $100k per pick down there counts towards the bonus pool figure. So then, that amounts to $4 mil and that added to the pool figure gives the Blue Jays a theoretical total of $12,830,800 to spend in 2012, as compared to $10,996,500 spent in 2011, and if you assume Beede's money - reportedly $2.4 mil) was on top of that then that's still not much more than they will have this year. For reference, the Jays had 15 picks in the first 10 rounds last year and signed 11 of them.On the other hand, it's not as good as it sounds, consider this- Here are the Jays 11 signed picks and the announced bonuses:overall pick - Name - bonus:#35 - Jacob Anderson - $990,000#46 - Joe Musgrove - $500,000#53 - Dwight Smith, Jr - $800,000#57 - Kevin Comer - $1,650,000#74 - Daniel Norris - $2,000,000#78 - Jeremy Garbryszwski - $575,000#108 - John Stilson - $500,000#139 - Tom Robson - $325,000#199 - Anthony DeSclafani - $235,000#229 - Christian Lopes - $800,000#259 - Mark Biggs - $600,000(Figures per ProspectWatch)That totals $8,975,000 -which is $145,000 more than that which is allocated for the top 10 rounds in 2012 by MLB - or a bit over $13,000 per signee on average. Impose this budget on last year's draft and at worst, you lose DeSclafani.It's also worth noting, at least Matt Dean (13th round) was signed for far more than 100k last year, reportedly $737,500, most other bonuses are not readily available (in my quick search at least) but there's not one which was rumored to be that far over slotSo we lose Dean too, which would be a huge hit.Anyway if one compares that total to last year then the Jays spent just over $2 mil last year on 25 players taken and signed after the 10th round and obviously the biggest chunk of that went to Dean.The point in that factoid is that teams obviously don't actually spend $100k a pick, typically, in the latter part of the draft. Besides Dean, and Justin Atkinson who's known to have gotten $100k, probably no one else did. But it's important to note that you can't "bank" money out of that $4 million to spend on the bonuses in the pool - the pool is a fixed number. However, if you did happen to have money left from the pool, you can use it to go over $100k on a lower round pick. (If I understand correctly what Callis said). So while there's a theoretical limit of almost $13 million, they won't get really all that close to it.Now you know.