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On The Dotted Line: 17 MLB Draft First Rounders Sign Above Slot

Among the 32 first-round selections in the '10 MLB First-Year Player Draft, 29 players signed before last night's deadline, with 17 of those picks signing for above MLB's recommended slot. The Pirates awarded the largest signing bonus in the draft to P Jameson Taillon. The $6.5M bonus marks the highest figure ever awarded to a player directly out of high school. Three players in this year's first round did not sign with their respective teams, the highest number for the first round since '89. The Tigers, who did not have a first-round pick this year, awarded a $3.45M signing bonus to SS Nick Castellanos, which marks a record for a pick outside of the first round. Listed below are signing bonuses for those first round picks who signed with their respective clubs, as well as MLB's recommended slot money for that draft position (THE DAILY).

'10 MLB DRAFT SIGNING BONUSES FOR FIRST ROUND PICKS
PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
'10 BONUS
'10 MLB RECOMMENDED
SLOT MONEY
1
Nationals
OF/C Bryce Harper*
$6.25M
$4.0M
2
Pirates
P Jameson Taillon
$6.5M
$3.25M
3
Orioles
SS Manny Machado
$5.25M
$3.00M
4
Royals
SS Christian Colon
$2.75M
$2.75M
5
Indians
P Drew Pomeranz
$2.65M
$2.52M
6
D'Backs
P Barret Loux
Did not sign
$2.34M
7
Mets
P Matt Harvey
$2.525M
$2.178M
8
Astros
2B Delino DeShields Jr.
$2.15M
$2.043M
9
Padres
P Karsten Whitson
Did not sign
$1.962M
10
A's
OF Michael Choice
$2.0M
$1.863M
11
Blue Jays
P Deck McGuire
$2.0M
$1.791M
12
Reds
C Yasmani Grandal*
$2.0M
$1.719M
13
White Sox
P Chris Sale
$1.656M
$1.656M
14
Brewers
P Dylan Covey
Did not sign
$1.602M
15
Rangers
OF Jake Skole**
$1.557M
$1.557M
16
Cubs
P Hayden Simpson
$1.06M
$1.512M
17
Rays
OF Josh Sale
$1.62M
$1.467M
18
Angels
3B/P Kaleb Cowart
$2.3M
$1.422M
19
Astros
P Mike Foltynewicz
$1.305M
$1.386M
20
Red Sox
2B/OF Kolbrin Vitek
$1.359M
$1.359M
21
Twins
P Alex Wimmers
$1.332M
$1.332M
22
Rangers
C Kellin Deglan
$1.0M
$1.287M
23
Marlins
OF Christian Yelich
$1.7M
$1.26M
24
Giants
OF Gary Brown
$1.45M
$1.242M
25
Cardinals
3B Zack Cox*
$2.0M
$1.215M
26
Rockies
OF Kyle Parker
$1.4M
$1.197M
27
Phillies
P Jesse Biddle
$1.16M
$1.161M
28
Dodgers
P Zach Lee**
$5.25M
$1.134M
29
Angels
P Cam Bedrosian
$1.116M
$1.116M
30
Angels
OF Chevez Clarke
$1.089M
$1.089M
31
Rays
C Justin O'Conner
$1.025M
$972,000
32
Yankees
SS Cito Culver
$954,000
$954,000


NOTES: * = Major league contract. ** = Two-sport contract that allows a club to spread bonus money over time period up to five years.

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