The deadline for Major League Baseball teams to sign their draft picks came and went last night with all the drama of a film adaptation to a novel you’ve already read. We all knew the probable outcome that the vast majority of picks would end up agreeing to signing bonuses with their teams, but there were still a few minor surprises as the final hour before the deadline began with 22 of the 33 first round picks still unsigned.
Of the first 60 picks of the draft, only Tyler Beede, selected 21st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays, and Brett Austin, selected 54th overall by the San Diego Padres, did not agree to a signing bonus with the team that drafted them.
Once again, despite Major League Baseball’s best efforts to limit the money being spent on draft picks, several records were broken during the signing period:
- Six bonuses of $5 million or more were handed out (Gerrit Cole (#1, Pirates), Danny Hultzen (#2, Marlins), Bubba Starling (#5, Royals), Anthony Rendon (#6, Nationals) and Archie Bradley (#7, Diamondbacks) and Josh Bell (#61, Pirates));
- The Pirates signed top pick Gerrit Cole for the largest straight bonus in draft history;
- The $7.5 million given to Bubba Starling by the Kansas City Royals is the highest bonus ever for a high schooler and a position player;
- The $5 million spent on Josh Bell by Pittsburgh broke the record for a bonus given to a player outside the first round; and
- The Pittsburgh Pirates broke the record for bonus spending by one team in a single draft with their signing of Cole and and Bell alone.
Here’s a listing of the top 60 picks and other players that were signed for $1 million or more.
First And Supplemental Round
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Gerrit Cole – $8 million
- Seattle Mariners – Danny Hultzen – Five-year, $8.5 million MLB deal
- Arizona Diamondbacks – Trevor Bauer – Four-year, $7 million MLB deal
- Baltimore Orioles – Dylan Bundy – Five-year, $6.225 million MLB deal
- Kansas City Royals – Bubba Starling – $7.5 million
- Washington Nationals – Anthony Rendon - Four-year, $7.2 million MLB deal
- Arizona Diamondbacks – Archie Bradley – $5 million
- Cleveland Indians – Francisco Lindor – $2.9 million
- Chicago Cubs – Javier Baez – $2.625 million
- Padres – Cory Spangenberg - $1.86 million
- Houston Astros – George Springer – $2.525 million
- Milwaukee Brewers – Taylor Jungmann – $2.525 million
- New York Mets – Brandon Nimmo – $2.1 million
- Florida Marlins – Jose Fernandez – $2 million
- Milwaukee Brewers – Jed Bradley – $2 million
- Los Angeles Dodgers – Chris Reed – $1.589 million
- Los Angeles Angels – C.J. Cron – $1.467 million
- Oakland Athletics – Sonny Gray – $1.54 million
- Boston Red Sox – Matt Barnes – $1.5 million
- Colorado Rockies – Tyler Anderson – $1.4 million
- Toronto Blue Jays – Tyler Beede – Did Not Sign
- St. Louis Cardinals – Kolten Wong – $1.3 million
- Washington Nationals – Alex Meyer – $2 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Taylor Guerrieri – $1.6 million
- San Diego Padres – Joe Ross – $2.75 million
- Boston Red Sox – Blake Swihart – $2.5 million
- Cincinnati Reds – Robert Stephenson – $2 million
- Atlanta Braves – Sean Gilmartin – $1.13 million
- San Francisco Giants – Joe Panik – $1.116 million
- Minnesota Twins – Levi Michael – $1.175 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Mikie Mahtook – $1.15 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Jake Hager – $0.963 million
- Texas Rangers – Kevin Matthews – $0.936 million
- Washington Nationals – Brian Goodwin – $3 million
- Toronto Blue Jays – Jacob Anderson – $0.99 million
- Boston Red Sox – Henry Owens – $1.55 million
- Texas Rangers – Zach Cone – $0.873 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Brandon Martin – $0.86 million
- Philadelphia Phillies – Larry Greene – $1 million
- Boston Red Sox – Jackie Bradley Jr. – $1.1 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Tyler Goeddel – $1.5 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Jeff Ames – $0.65 million
- Arizona Diamondbacks – Andrew Chafin – $0.875 million
- New York Mets – Michael Fulmer – $0.9375 million
- Colorado Rockies – Trevor Story – $0.915 million
- Toronto Blue Jays – Joe Musgrove – $0.5 million
- Chicago White Sox – Keenyn Walker – $0.795 million
- San Diego Padres – Michael Kelly – $0.718 million
- San Francisco Giants – Kyle Crick – $0.9 million
- Minnesota Twins – Travis Harrison – $1.05 million
- New York Yankees – Dante Bichette Jr. – $0.75 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Blake Snell – $0.684 million
- Toronto Blue Jays – Dwight Smith Jr. – $0.8 million
- San Diego Padres – Brett Austin – Did Not Sign
- Minnesota Twins – Hudson Boyd – $1 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Kes Carter – $0.625 million
- Toronto Blue Jays – Kevin Comer – $1.65 million
- San Diego Padres – Jace Peterson – $0.6246 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – Grayson Garvin – $0.37 million
- Tampa Bay Rays – James Harris Jr. – $0.49 million
Other notable signings:
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Josh Bell – $5 million
- Washington Nationals – Matt Purke – Four-year, $4.4 million MLB deal
- San Diego Padres – Austin Hedges – $3 million
- Chicago Cubs – Dillon Maples – $2.5 million
- Toronto Blue Jays – Daniel Norris – $2 million
- Cleveland Indians – Dillon Howard – $1.85 million
- Chicago Cubs – Dan Vogelbach – $1.6 million
- Baltimore Orioles – Nicky Delmonico – $1.525 million
- Kansas City Royals – Bryan Brickhouse – $1.5 million
- St. Louis Cardinals – Charlie Tilson – $1.275 million
- Chicago Cubs – Shawon Dunston Jr. – $1.275 million
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Clay Holmes – $1.2 million
- New York Yankees – Greg Bird – $1.1 million
- San Francisco Giants – Andrew Susac – $1.1 million
- Cincinnati Reds – Amir Garrett – $1 million
And The Rest
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