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2012 MLB Draft: Braves Have Just Over $4 Million To Spend On Picks

The Atlanta Braves have the 21st pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07:  MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Many of the rules surrounding the MLB Draft have changed with teams now having set limits at what they can spend on their draft picks. According to Baseball America, the Atlanta Braves will have just over $4 million dollars to divide up among 10 draft picks. The article describes the new rules:

The numbers build off the bonus set for the No. 1 pick, which is $7.2 million this year. Every pick from 2-338 is expressed as a percentage of the No. 1 pick, down to $125,000 for the final picks of the 10th round. A team's total budget for the first 10 rounds is the sum of the numbers for all of its picks, so teams that have extra picks and early picks have more money to spend. The Twins have the highest budget this year, with the second overall pick as well as extra picks.

Teams however aren't locked into their prescribed amounts for individual selections. With the No. 21 pick in the draft Atlanta projects to pay that player selected a slot bonus of just over $1.8 million. The Braves could elect to give him $2 million but would have to make up the difference through the rest of their picks. They can't go over the budgeted amount of $4.03 million without penalties.

For more on the Braves check out Talking Chop and for more from around Major League Baseball check out Baseball Nation.

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