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2004 MLB Draft: Top 20 Bonuses Ever

(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.

Devil Rays, 2003. #Delmon Young, of, HS--Camarillo, Calif.

3,700,000

12.

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

3,625,000

13.

Brewers, 2003. #Rickie Weeks, 2b, Southern

3,600,000

14.

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

3,500,000

15.

Tigers, 2003. Kyle Sleeth, rhp, Wake Forest

3,350,000

16.

Athletics, 1998. Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State

3,200,000

17.

Orioles, 2003. #Adam Loewen, lhp, HS--Surrey, B.C.

3,200,000

18.

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

3,150,000

19.

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

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