The Rays and third-round pick Johnny Eierman have agreed to terms on a $550,000 bonus. He joins Twins third-rounder Corey Williams as the only players to have doubled MLB's slot recommendations so far. The commissioner's office's guideline for Eierman's No. 119 draft slot is $250,000.
Eierman was one of the better athletes available in the 2011 draft, with well above-average bat speed and foot speed. A shortstop at Warsaw (Mo.) High, he'll probably have to find a new position as a pro, most likely third base or center field. He had committed to Louisiana State.
Aug. 1 update: Under draft provisions for two-sport athletes, Tampa Bay will spread Eierman's bonus over five years. The net present value of his bonus is $498,521.
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