The Athletics agreed to terms with Addison Russell on Thursday, giving the 11th overall pick a $2,625,000 bonus that matches the assigned value for his slot.
A shortstop from Pace (Fla.) HS, Russell stands out most with his bat speed and raw power. He got into better shape this spring, and more scouts now believe he can stay at shortstop, where he shows a plus arm. He had committed to Auburn.
Russell's bonus is the third-largest for a draftee in franchise history, trailing only the $3.2 million Oakland paid Mark Mulder in 1998 and the $2.75 million it gave Grant Green three years ago.