(Updated following the Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers signings of Sept. 17)
Major league clubs combined to spend $162,910,100 on bonuses for players signed in the first 10 rounds, breaking the $161,048,300 teams spent in the same rounds in 2008. The 2009 total surpassed 2008 once first-round pick Aaron Crow signed with the Royals and sandwich-rounder Tanner Scheppers signed with the Rangers on Sept. 17.
That’s not much savings to show for all the effort MLB put into slashing its bonus recommendations by 10 percent, leaning hard on clubs not to exceed those guidelines and restricting the flow of signing information.
Final bonus data won’t be available for a few weeks, but it’s possible that the industry will break its draft bonus record of $188,297,598 set a year ago.
New records have been set for the largest bonus ($7.5 million by Stephen Strasburg), largest guarantee ($15,107,104 by Strasburg), largest bonus for a high schooler ($6.25 million for Donavan Tate) and largest bonus for a high school pitcher ($4.7 million by Jacob Turner). The Boras Corp. represents each of those players.
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