What do the changes to the 2020 MLB draft mean for the Blue Jays?

There are a lot of uncertainties surrounding the sport of baseball right now, but the nearly finalized agreement between MLB and the MLBPA is bringing clarity to a few key issues. One of the questions I was most looking forward to clarity on was “what happens with the draft?” We now have an answer!

The 2020 MLB draft will be shortened to 5 rounds (with the ability to extend to more rounds) and will take place some time in July. The expectation is that the earlier baseball can resume, the more likely MLB is to expand the draft, possibly to 10 rounds. Further, Ken Rosenthal has provided clarity on teams spending limits. “The signing bonuses will remain at 2019 levels for the next two years. The bonuses typically rise by about 3 percent, based upon increases in industry revenues.”
 Given this, we can determine what the Blue Jays will have to spend on the draft, using slot money from 2019 and projecting it on the 2020 draft order.
Five-round Draft
Pick 5 $6,180,700
Pick 42 $1,771,100
Pick 78 $793,000
Pick 107 $543,500
Pick 137 $306,800
Total: $9,694,300
10-round Draft
Pick 5 $6,180,700
Pick 42 $1,771,100
Pick 78 $793,000
Pick 107 $543,500
Pick 137 $306,800
Pick 166 $306,800
Pick 196 $239,000
Pick 226 $188,900
Pick 256 $160,300
Pick 286 $148,400
Total: $10,737,700
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Author: brendonkuhn / Blue Jays Nation

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