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MLB Draft 2012: Nationals Have $4.4 Million Available For Draft Picks

The MLB Draft will begin on June 7. The Washington Nationals will have $4.4 million available to sign their draft picks in the first 10 rounds.

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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Major League Baseball has put new rules into play with their new collective bargaining agreement. Because of that, the Washington Nationals have a strict limit of what they can pay draft picks selected in the first 10 rounds. If the Nationals break this limit, they could be severely punished by either having future picks taken away or by a punitive tax.

The Nationals are allocated $4.4 million for their contracts for each player drafted in the first 10 rounds according to Baseball America.

NATIONALS
10 $4,436,200
16 $2,125,000
80 $630,000
111 $428,500
144 $311,700
174 $233,400
204 $174,900
234 $145,300
264 $135,700
294 $126,700
324 $125,000

This could be interesting to see how the teams will draft. The Nationals never made money too much an issue recently, but now with their lowest first round draft pick since drafting Chris Marerro with the No. 15 overall draft pick in 2006, what the prospect could be demanding for a starting salary could play a large role in who they draft.