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The Reds spent $4.35225 million

on players they signed in the first 10 rounds of the draft. That ranked 13th overall. Not bad, I suppose.

If the rest of the draftees take up another million, we're at $5.35225.

Working off the theory of sinking $10 million into the draft, imagine what the Reds might have done.

-- Instead of their fourth-rounder going unsigned, they could have taken Brad Suttle-3B-Texas (NYY) for $1.3 million.
-- Instead of their eighth-rounder going unsigned, they could have taken Taylor Grote-OF-The Woodlands HS (NYY) for $.25 million.
-- Rather than taking Drew Bowman in the fifth round, they could have taken more heralded Jake Arrieta-RHP-TCU (Bal) for $1.1 million.
-- Rather than takin Harris Honeycutt in the 10th round, they could have nabbed Rice signee Carmen Angelini-SS-Barbe HS (NYY) for $1 million.
-- Rather than their 17th-round pick going unsigned, they could have drafted Jiwan James-RHP-Williston HS (Phi) for $150,000.
-- Rather than have their 18th-round pick go unsigned, they could have taken Drake Britton-LHP-Tomball HS (Bos) for $700,000.
-- Rather than their 32nd-round pick going unsigned, they could have taken Tom Boleska-RHP-High Point (Pit) for $100,000.

   That would bring the total to $9.33725 million. Sure, if you take Suttle, you might not take Soto and such.
   Essentially, for an additional $4 million, which buys you two Mike Stantons in today's market, the Reds could have added seven players who were considered better than the round in which they were drafted. If one pans out merely as a solid player, isn't that worth $4 million?

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