There’s a new standard for above-slot bonuses this year. Lipscomb lefthander Rex Brothers agreed to terms with the Rockies on a $969,000 bonus today. That’s $51,000 more than MLB’s recommendation for the No. 34 slot, splitting the difference between this year’s ($918,000) and last year’s ($1,020,000) guidelines.
Clemson first baseman Ben Paulsen, who like Brothers is represented by Jet Sports Management, also agreed to a $391,000 bonus ($4,000 above slot at No. 90) today. Both deals are expected to be finalized by the end of the week.
Prior to Brothers’ deal, the biggest difference between a bonus and MLB’s recommendations was $26,000. Astros first-rounder Jiovanni Mier signed for $1,358,000 at pick No. 21, where the recommendation was $1,332,000.
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