No one can accuse the Mariners of not digging deep to wrap up their 12 picks in the first 12 rounds of the draft.
Baseball America crunched the numbers, and the Mariners shelled out $10,636,600 in bonuses to their 12 selections in the first 10 rounds. Only the Washington Nationals spent more ($10,869,500 for 10 picks).
Obviously, the bulk of the Nats’ money went to Stephen Strasburg ($7.5 million signing bonus), just as the bulk of the Mariners’ money went to Dustin Ackley ($6 million signing bonus). This total apparently doesn’t include the salary in the millions that will be paid to Strasburg and Ackley.
By contrast, the Mets spent the fewest on their picks in the first 10 rounds, just a combined $1.8 million. The Rangers, who failed to sign their first-round pick, high-school pitcher Matthew Purke, were also under $2 million.