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Signing day arrives for drafted players

Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 12:50 am

By Evan Brunell
and Matt Snyder

In early June, baseball teams selected hundreds of players via the first-year player draft, replenishing farm systems across baseball and giving fans their first hint of future MVPs, World Series Champions, record-holders and cult heroes. At 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, August 15, these players must sign a contract with their drafting club or go back into the draft next season (or in the case of high-schoolers, head off to college) while teams will come away with a lost first-round selection.

We'll update you on the latest signings -- and non-signings -- all day Monday, with a handy chart below to detail as many signed deals as we can provide, as well as if any deals break records. It will be interesting to see what Gerrit Cole (pictured) can fetch as the No. 1 draft pick. Odds are that he can't match what Stephen Strasburg received, but a major-league contract should be certain.

No. Name Team Pos. Signing details*
1 Gerrit Cole PIT RHP $8 million signing bonus. (Source)
2 Danny Hultzen SEA LHP Five-year major-league deal, $8.5 million guaranteed, $10.6 max value. (Source)
3 Trevor Bauer ARI RHP Four-year major-league deal, $4.45 million guaranteed with $3.4 million bonus. (Source)
4 Dylan Bundy BAL RHP $6.225 million major-league deal. (Source)
5 Bubba Starling KC CF Three-year, $7.5 million deal. (Source)
6 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B $7.2 million major-league deal. (Source)
7 Archie Bradley ARI RHP Five-year deal, $5 million. (Source)
8 Francisco Lindor CLE SS $2.9 million signing bonus. (Source)
9 Javier Baez CHC SS $2.625 million signing bonus. (Source)
10 Cory Spangenberg SD SS $1.86 million signing bonus. (Source)
11 George Springer HOU OF $2.525 million signing bonus. (Source)
12 Taylor Jungmann MIL RHP $2.525 million signing bonus. (Source)
13 Brandon Nimmo NYM RF $2.1 million signing bonus. (Source)
14 Jose Fernandez FLA RHP $2 million signing bonus. (Source)
15 Jed Bradley MIL LHP $2 million signing bonus. (Source)
16 Chris Reed LAD LHP $1.589 million signing bonus. (Source)
17 C.J. Cron LAA 1B $1.467 million signing bonus. (Source)
18 Sonny Gray OAK RHP $1.54 million signing bonus. (Source)
19 Matt Barnes BOS RHP $1.5 million signing bonus. (Source)
20 Tyler Anderson COL LHP $1.4 million signing bonus. (Source)
21 Tyler Beede TOR RHP Did not sign. (Source)
22 Kolten Wong STL 2B $1.3 million signing bonus. (Source)
23 Alex Meyer WAS RHP $2 million signing bonus. (Source)
24 Taylor Guerrieri TB RHP $1.6 million signing bonus. (Source)
25 Joe Ross SD RHP $2.75 million signing bonus. (Source)
26 Blake Swihart BOS C $2.5 million signing bonus. (Source)
27 Robert Stephenson CIN RHP $2 million signing bonus. (Source)
28 Sean Gilmartin ATL LHP $1.13 million signing bonus. (Source)
29 Joe Panik SF SS $1.116 million signing bonus. (Source)
30 Levi Michael MIN SS $1.175 million signing bonus. (Source)
31 Mikie Mahtook TB OF $1.15 million signing bonus. (Source)
32 Jake Hager TB SS $936,000 signing bonus. (Source)
33 Kevin Mathews TEX LHP $936,000 signing bonus. (Source)

While the above covers the first round in its entirety, not every team got to pick in the first round. So here are the first selections of teams that did not pick in the first round:

39 Larry Greene PHI OF $1 million signing bonus. (Source)
47 Keenyn Walker CHW OF $795,000 signing bonus. (Source)
51 Dante Bichette, Jr. NYY 3B $750,000 signing bonus. (Source)
76 James McCann DET C $577,900 signing bonus. (Source)

*Unless noted, all signed deals are not major-league contracts, meaning no placement on the 40-man roster and utilizing of an option.

Thanks to MLB Trade Rumors for some intelligence-gathering on signed players prior to August 14.

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Tags: MLB Draft
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:02 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:51 pm

Signing day arrives for drafted players

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Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:38 pm

Signing day arrives for drafted players

Must agree with RTG for the reasons he stated.The Jays have a limit to what they are willing to pay players who have never played in the majors.He could be good or he could be the next Brian Taylor,ask the Yankees if they feel they were right giving him the giant contract and he never made it to the majors.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:41 pm

Signing day arrives for drafted players

I do know this.  Beede stated that him signing a contract that "it really comes down to the money".  He was asking for 3.5 million. Well above slot.  So for a prospect who has basically stated "Show Me The Money!" to turn down 2.5 million I say he taking a huge risk. 2.5 million is a lot of money.  He might not pan out. He might get injured. He might not have the sucess against College athletes that he did against High School Athletes.  I admire his confidence in himself, but its a huge risk.  And yes as a Jays fan I hope that he joins the long list of indiviuals who have turned down a big signing bonus only to never see an offer like it again.

And if you don't ever post again ... oh well.  You seem to get bent out of shape pretty easily, so you won't be missed.

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:15 pm

Signing day arrives for drafted players

Long time looker and first time poster.  Just for you RTG. 

You are obviously a highly partisan Jays fan, or you just don't care about the kids.  With your superstar level and high reputation, there is no excuse for your comment ... "I hope it doesn't work out for him".  Clearly, you don't know anything about the kid, or his family, much less the reputation that Vanderbilt has had to develop players, and especially pitchers, for MLB.  Not to mention the opportunity for an obviously well-grounded and mature young man to have the experience of going to college, and competing in the classroom as well as the best baseball conference in the country. And, likely an experience at the CWS ...

Who are you really rooting for?

Sorry, but your post has compelled me to come on this board for the first time ... and, maybe the last if this is the quality of commentary!

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:54 am

Signing day arrives for drafted players

Tyler Beede reportedly turned down 2.5 million (well above slot) from the Blue Jays.  The next time he is eligible for the draft, under a new CBA, he will not be getting anything close to that.  Its a real risk for him. I hope it doesn't work out for him.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:27 am

Signing day arrives for drafted players

Major-league contracts get the guys on the 40-man roster and have more guarantees. The money will also be spread out like a salary. The minor-league deals work as signing bonuses and the players aren't on the team's 40-man roster yet. It's mostly formality.

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:52 am

Signing day arrives for drafted players

Can one of the EOB guys explain the difference between a "regular" contract and a major league contract?

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