After weeks of waiting, a flurry of draft picks were signed in the final 10 minutes before the midnight deadline. Here is a list of the players who signed for bonuses of $500,000 or more right before the deadline—or at least, their deals were announced just before or after the buzzer.
• Righthander Gerrit Cole (No. 1 overall pick) signed with the Pirates for $8 million, the highest straight bonus in draft history.
• Lefthander Danny Hultzen (No. 2) signed a big league deal with the Mariners for $8.5 million guaranteed. His bonus is $6.35 million and the maximum value is $10.6 million.
• Righthander Dylan Bundy (No. 4) signed a big league deal with the Orioles for $6.225 million guaranteed. The bonus is $4 million.
• Outfielder Bubba Starling (No. 5) signed with the Royals for $7.5 million, which will be spread out over three years.
• Third baseman Anthony Rendon (No. 6) signed with the Nationals for a major league deal worth a guaranteed $7.2 million. The bonus is $6 million. It's a four-year deal with an option.
• Righthander Archie Bradley (No. 7) signed with the Diamondbacks for $5 million.
• Shortstop Francisco Lindor (No. 8 ) signed with the Indians for $2.9 million.
• Shortstop Javier Baez (No. 9) signed with the Cubs for $2.625 million.
• Outfielder George Springer (No. 11) signed with the Astros for $2.525 million.
• Righthander Taylor Jungmann (No. 12) signed with the Brewers for $2.525 million.
• Outfielder Brandon Nimmo (No. 13) signed with the Mets for $2.1 million.
• Lefthander Jed Bradley (No. 15) signed with the Brewers for $2 million.
• Righthander Matt Barnes (No. 19) signed with the Red Sox for $1.5 million.
• Lefthander Tyler Anderson (No. 20) signed with the Rockies for $1.4 million.
• Righthander Alex Meyer (No. 23) signed with the Nationals for $2 million, the same amount he turned down out of high school.
• Righthander Taylor Guerrieri (No. 24) signed with the Rays for $1.6 million.
• Righthander Joe Ross (No. 25) signed with the Padres for $2.75 million.
• Catcher Blake Swihart (No. 26) signed with the Red Sox for $2.5 million.
• Righthander Robert Stephenson (No. 27) signed with the Reds for $2 million.
• Shortstop Levi Michael (No. 28) signed with the Twins for $1.175 million.
• Outfielder Mikie Mahtook (No. 29) signed with the Rays for $1.15 million.
• Outfielder Brian Goodwin (No. 34) signed with the Nationals for $3 million.
• Lefthander Henry Owens (No. 36) signed with the Red Sox for $1.55 million.
• Outfielder Jackie Bradley (No. 40) signed with the Red Sox for $1.1 million.
• Third baseman Tyler Goeddel (No. 41) signed with the Rays for $1.5 million.
• Righthander Michael Kelly (No. 48) signed with the Padres for $718,000.
• Righthander Kevin Comer (No. 57) signed with the Blue Jays for $1.65 million.
• Outfielder Josh Bell (No. 61) signed with the Pirates for $5 million, a record for a player outside the first round—$2.25 million more than any other bonus for a non-first-rounder in draft history.
• Shortstop Brad Miller (No. 62) signed with the Mariners for $750,000.
• Lefthander Daniel Norris (No. 74) signed with the Blue Jays for $2 million.
• Catcher Austin Hedges (No. 82) signed with the Padres for $3 million.
• Catcher Andrew Susac (No. 86) signed with the Giants for $1.1 million.
• Righthander Jack Armstrong (No. 99) signed with the Astros for $750,000.
• First baseman Ricky Oropesa (No. 116) signed with the Giants for $550,000.
• Catcher Greg Bird (No. 179) signed with the Yankees for $1.1 million.
• Righthander Dillon Maples (No. 429) signed with the Cubs for $2.5 million.
Finally, one first-rounder went unsigned. Righthander Tyler Beede (No. 21) did not reach an agreement with the Blue Jays and will attend Vanderbilt.
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