What can the Sox spend in the 2012 draft?

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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.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.

Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.

Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”

Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.