Two more first-rounders have come to terms this week, with Daniel Moskos signing with the Pirates on Tuesday and and Joe Savery inking with the Phillies today. Moskos, a Clemson lefthander selected fourth overall, received a $2.475 million bonus. Savery, a Rice lefty who went 19th overall, agreed to a $1,372,500 bonus.
Both Moskos and Savery signed for the exact slot recommendation made by Major League Baseball, which represented exactly 90 percent of theÂ value for that slot in 2006.Â All 15 first-round picks who have come to terms have signed for slotÂ money or less, and all of those slots have represented a 10 percent reduction from the 2006 slots.
TheÂ lower slotsÂ have meant slower signings in the first round.Â While 15 first-rounders remain unsignedÂ in 2007, a year ago at this time just five of the topÂ 30 picks hadn’t officially signed. And one of those five, Ian Kennedy, had agreed to terms weeks earlier, but the Yankees delayed announcing his signing.
MLB recommends specific bonusesÂ for every pick in the first five rounds, and none of the players who has signed in those rounds so far this summer has received more than slot money. In fact, only two players are known to have exceeded slot: shortstop Fernando Cruz (Royals) and Michael Fisher (Braves), both sixth-rounders.
Players drafted after the fifth round aren’t supposed to exceed the final slot in that round, which this year was $123,300. Both Cruz and Fisher signed for $125,000â€”a whopping $1,700 over slot.
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