What can the Sox spend in the 2012 draft?

554980.jpg

What can the Sox spend in the 2012 draft?

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.

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former White Sox OF Tim Raines elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Bulls' continued inconsistencies 'an issue of focus'

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Tim Raines shares thank you message after being elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Bulls Talk Podcast: What went wrong for the Bulls against the Mavericks?

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

traines.png
AP

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.  Tim Raines finally gets the call from the Hall along with Jeff Bagwell and Pudge Rodriguez.  So when will Bonds and Clemens get in?  Why are Sammy Sosa’s vote totals dropping? The guys debate from former Cub David DeJesus joins the panel to talk Hall of Fame and the 2017 Cubs.

The Bulls lose to a bad Mavericks team. When will GarPax blow it up and start over?

Plus the guys discuss whether or not Antonio Brown will distract the Steelers and if the Falcons defense is the x-factor in the NFC title game.