The Blue Jays and second-round pick Kellen Sweeney have agreed to terms on a $600,000 bonus. Sweeney signed for $69,900 more than MLB's estimated recommendation for the No. 69 overall pick, making his bonus the second-highest over slot so far this summer. The Cubs signed second-rounder Reggie Golden for $720,000 at No. 65, $157,500 above MLB's guidelines.
Sweeney should officially sign his deal early this week. A shortstop from Jefferson High in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he'll move to third base as a pro. He has a quick lefthanded bat and good power potential, and he showed a strong arm before having Tommy John surgery last August. His older brother Ryan was a White Sox second-round pick in 2003 and is currently an outfielder with the Athletics.
Toronto has yet to sign nine of its 16 picks in the first 10 rounds, including Georgia Tech righthander Deck McGuire, the 11th overall choice. The Jays reportedly have signed fifth-rounder Dickie Joe Thon away from a Rice scholarship with a seven-figure bonus, but such a deal likely wouldn't be announced until just before the Aug. 16 deadline.
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