Twins, Buxton Agree On $6 Million

The Twins have agreed to terms with No. 2 overall pick Byron Buxton on a $6 million bonus.

An outfielder from Appling County HS in Baxley, Ga., Buxton was Baseball America's top-rated prospect in the 2012 draft class. He's a potential five-tool center fielder who has drawn comparisons to the likes of Matt Kemp and Justin Upton. He had committed to Georgia.

Buxton's bonus is $200,000 less than the $6.2 million value assigned to the No. 2 choice. He got 25 percent more than the $4.8 million that No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa received from the Astros. It's unlikely that any other player in this draft will top Buxton or Correa.

Buxton becomes the 16th player in draft history to earn a bonus of $6 million or more. He matches Eric Hosmer (Royals, 2008) as the recipient of the largest straight bonus (not spread over multiple years under provisions for two-sport athletes) ever given to a high school position player.

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