When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement went into effect prior to the 2012 MLB Draft, the league sought to dampen signing bonuses and transfer more money back to the owners. The result was a slotting system that assigned a value to every single pick in the first ten rounds of the draft. Once the values are assigned, every team is then given a pool which they are not allowed to exceed without penalty. There are areas of wiggle-room that can be exploited. The St. Louis Cardinals have done a solid job exploiting the deficiencies in the system and should be expected to do so again in 2014...
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