Last year, the Kansas City Royals gave Bubba Starling a 7.5 million signing bonus to keep him from playing football at the University of Nebraska. In 2012, they'll only be able to spend a total of 6,101,500 on their first 10 picks.
That's how MLB's new collective bargaining agreement sets things up. It's bad news for teams like the Royals and Rays that have built great farm systems by investing heavily in the draft. It could be bad news for MLB's talent pool, too, as teams won't be able to offer lucrative contracts to high schoolers to keep them from playing another sport.
But for the White Sox, the new CBA is great with regard to the draft. While many teams are seeing their draft allocation slashed from their 2011 spending total, the White Sox allocation of 5,915,100 is nearly triple what they spent on their top 10 picks last year. Granted, the Sox didn't have a true first-round pick, but they've never been a team that's been aggressive in spending on high-schoolers in their first 10 picks.
Quite a few analysts have noted the new CBA brings most every team in baseball down to the White Sox level in terms of draft spending. These draft budgets are a pretty clear indication that's the case.