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Draft Signing Bonuses

20 Largest Bonuses in Draft History (For players signing with the team that drafted them)

# Signed major league contract (For players signed to major league contracts, the amount is only the stated bonus in the contract. For players signed to standard minor league contracts, the amount is the full compensation to be paid out over the life of the contract).

Rank

Club, Year. Player, Pos., School

Bonus

1.

White Sox, 2000. Joe Borchard, of, Stanford

$5,300,000

2.

Twins, 2001. Joe Mauer, c, HS--St. Paul

5,150,000

3.

Devil Rays, 2002. B.J. Upton, ss, HS--Chesapeake, Va.

4,600,000

4.

Rangers, 2001. #Mark Teixeira, 3b, Georgia Tech

4,500,000

5.

Devil Rays, 2001. #Dewon Brazelton, rhp, Middle Tennessee State

4,200,000

 

Phillies, 2001. Gavin Floyd, rhp, HS--Severna Park, Md.

4,200,000

7.

Cubs, 2001. #Mark Prior, rhp, Southern California

4,000,000

 

Pirates, 2002. Bryan Bullington, rhp, Ball State U.

4,000,000

9.

Devil Rays, 1999. Josh Hamilton, of, HS--Raleigh, N.C.

3,960,000

10.

Cubs, 1998. Corey Patterson, of, HS--Kennesaw, Ga.

3,700,000

11.

Marlins, 1999. #Josh Beckett, rhp, HS--Spring, Texas

3,625,000

12.

Tigers, 1999. #Eric Munson, c, Southern California

3,500,000

13.

Athletics, 1998. Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State

3,200,000

14.

Phillies, 1998. #Pat Burrell, 1b, Miami

3,150,000

15.

Cardinals, 1998. #J.D. Drew, of, St. Paul/Northern

3,000,000

 

Marlins, 2000. Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, HS--Chula Vista, Calif.

3,000,000

 

Indians, 2002. Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, Stanford

3,000,000

18.

Expos, 2000. Justin Wayne, rhp, Stanford

2,950,000

19.

Twins, 1999. B.J. Garbe, of, HS--Moses Lake, Wash.

2,750,000

 

Cubs, 2000. Luis Montanez, ss, HS--Miami

2,750,000

 

Rockies, 2000. Jason Young, rhp, Stanford

2,750,000

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