I just finished putting together our annual bonuses vs. slots chart, which subscribers can access here. We'll continue to update the chart as signings warrant.
MLB recommends a specific bonus for each pick in the first five rounds, and a $150,000 maximum for all players drafted afterward. With 3½ weeks to go before the Aug. 15 signing deadline, 57 of the 82 players who have completed deals in the first five rounds agreed to bonus at or below the commissioner's office's guidelines. Of the 25 above-slot deals, only six have come in at 20 percent or more over MLB's recommendations:
Trevor Story, ss, Rockies (No. 45 overall)
$915,000 bonus vs. $764,100 slot
Kyle Crick, rhp, Giants (No. 49 overall)
$900,000 bonus vs. $717,300 slot
C.J. McElroy, of, Cardinals (No. 109 overall)
$510,000 bonus vs. $284,400 slot
Zeke DeVoss, of, Cubs (No. 98 overall)
$500,000 bonus vs. $341,100 slot
Mason Hope, rhp, Marlins (No. 163 overall)
$250,000 bonus vs. $152,100 slot
Ryan Wright, 2b, Reds (No. 45 overall)
$225,000 bonus vs. $135,900 slot
To date, four players are known to have signed for more than $200,000 after the fifth round:
Joe Tuschak, of, Mets (No. 192 overall)
Jason Creasy, rhp, Pirates (No. 242 overall)
Matt Budgell, rhp, Mets (No. 312 overall)
Tyler Collins, of, Tigers (No. 197 overall)
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