With Ian Desmond finally signing a contract the MLB 2016 Draft order is now finalized. The Yankees originally started the offseason with the 22nd overall pick in the first round. With a few key teams ahead of them signing free agents, that now has moved the Yankees to the 18th overall pick in this draft.
Before Desmond signed, Baseball America had the value of Yankees pool at $5,768,400. This was a bottom pool as only seven other teams had less money than the Yankees to spend. The Yankees should move up a bit in bonus pool and might end up having more than the Astros who were listed next at $5,865,700.
Having more money in the bonus pool is important because if a talent slips, being able to be able to sign them becomes easier. The Yankees have done a good job in getting cost cutting talent that has upside still. That trend won’t likely change this year.
Now that we know where the Yankees will be picking in the draft, it will be easier to start narrowing down the field of players that they will take with the 18th, 62nd and 98th picks.
Starting next week we will have some players to keep an eye on in the spring.