Jim Callis at Baseball America has a copy of the 2013 Bonus Pools. The Yankees, who have 12 picks in the first 10 rounds, have a total of $7,957,400 to spend on. This amount ranks 8th in all of baseball, behind the Twins, and in front of the Diamondbacks. Most of this money is due to owning the 26th, 32nd, and 33rd overall picks, which should each be worth a little less than $2 million each. The point of this new system is to deter big market teams from spending big money on players later in the draft, and thus increasing the prices of amateur free agents altogether. This year, the Yankees have found a way to match the bonus pool of small-market and losing teams, but at the price of losing Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano. Scott Boras isn't very happy about Robinson Cano switching agencies. One unnamed agent had some unkind things to say about Cano's decision, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was Boras' team that released this, as he has a strong grip over the media. Meanwhile, Joel Sherman spoke with Boras, who stated that Cano renewed his contract on March 20th of this year, and was under the impression that Cano was happy with his representation. Boras will likely be fighting for money/compensation from Cano's next deal. He also speaks about how Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine requested extension negotiations this offseason.
As if the injury news wasn't ridiculous enough, last year's first round pick, Ty Hensley, will undergo hip surgery to correct a bone impingement. He'll be out 2-3 months, but at least it has nothing to do with his arm. Injuries happen when you draft young pitchers, and with three first round picks in the upcoming draft, it would be interesting to see if this has any influence on the team's decisions. Thanks to the budget, the Yankees could use some talent at the major league level as soon as possible, so drafting college players may be in the works. Chad Jennings over at LoHud has a complete roundup of the injuries to the Major League team, and when these players are expected back. Jennings also provides some updates.