MLB: Draft bonuses rise
NEW YORK (AP) — Teams spent $219.9 million on signing bonuses for selections in baseball’s amateur draft this year, up 6 percent from $207.8 million at a similar point last year.
The rise followed a 10 percent drop from a record $233.6 million in 2011, the last year before restrictions imposed by baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with players.
Eleven teams went over their signing bonus pools — one more than last year — and will pay a total of $1.8 million in tax, according to preliminary figures compiled by Major League Baseball. But no club went over by more than 5 percent and reached the second level of penalties, which would cause a club to forfeit its next first-round draft pick.
Six get balance picks
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rockies, Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Royals and Brewers won picks after the first round of next year’s draft in Major League Baseball’s second annual competitive balance lottery.
The lottery involved the 10 teams with the lowest revenue and 10 in the smallest markets and was six picks after the first round. A club’s odds of winning the lottery were based on its winning percentage last season.
The teams that did not win a pick after the first round were entered into another lottery for picks after the second round. The Padres, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Rays, Pirates and Mariners won second-round picks.
Cuban player defects
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cuban baseball player Misael Siverio told a Spanish-language newspaper he has defected to the United States.
Siverio was part of the Cuban national team that traveled to Iowa for an exhibition game against a collegiate all-star team from the U.S. But he told El Nuevo Herald in Miami he made the decision to leave his country “for my future and my family.”
Siverio was not listed when Team USA released an updated roster for Cuba on Tuesday night. Team USA CEO Paul Seiler told The Associated Press that, from Cuba’s perspective, Siverio is no longer a member of their delegation.