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2008 Signings and Bonus money list


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Here's what I was able to dig up. The bonus money noticeably spiked up and I think the Orioles actually came out looking sensible. Three first rounders did not sign: Aaron Crow stiffed the Nats and Gerrit Cole opted for college (UCLA) rather than wear the pinstripes. Seattle didn't get theirs, Josh Fields.

1. Tampa Bay, Tim Beckham, ss, Griffin (Ga.) HS., $6.15 million

2. Pittsburgh, Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Vanderbilt, $6 million

3. Kansas City, Eric Hosmer, 1b, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla., $6 million

4. Baltimore, Brian Matusz, lhp, San Diego,$3,472,500, 4-year contract

5. San Francisco, Buster Posey, c, Florida State, $6.2 million

6. Florida, Kyle Skipworth, c, Patriot HS, Riverside, Calif., $2.3 million

7. Cincinnati, Yonder Alonso, 1b, Miami, $4.55 million, 5-year contract

8. Chicago White Sox, Gordon Beckham, ss, Georgia (Rooney), $2.6 million

9. Washington, Aaron Crow, rhp, Missouri, failed to sign

10. Houston, Jason Castro, c, Stanford, $2.07 million

11. Texas, Justin Smoak, 1b, South Carolina, $3.5 million

12. Oakland, Jemile Weeks, 2b, Miami, $1.91 million

13. St. Louis, Brett Wallace, 3b-1b, Arizona State, $1.84 million

14. Minnesota, Aaron Hicks, of-rhp, Woodrow Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif., $1.78 million

15. L.A. Dodgers, Ethan Martin, rhp-3b, Stephens County HS, Taccoa, Ga., $1.73 million

16. Milwaukee, Brett Lawrie, c, Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C., $1.7 million

17. Toronto, David Cooper, 1b, California, $1.5 million

18. N.Y. Mets, Ike Davis, 1b-of, Arizona State, $1,575,000

19. Chicago Cubs, Andrew Cashner, rhp, TCU, $1.54 million

20. Seattle, Joshua Fields, rhp, Georgia, unsigned

21. Detroit, Ryan Perry, rhp, Arizona., $1.48 million

22. N.Y. Mets, Reese Havens, ss, South Carolina, $1,419,000

23. San Diego, Allan Dykstra, 1b, Wake Forest, $1.15 million

24. Philadelphia, Anthony Hewitt, of-ss, Salisbury (Conn.) HS., $1.38 million

25. Colorado, Christian Friedrich, LHP, Eastern Kentucky, $1.35 million

26. Arizona, Daniel Schlereth, lhp, Arizona, $1.33 million

27. Minnesota (from L.A. Angels, Torii Hunter), Carlos Gutierrez, rhp, Miami, $1.29 million

28. N.Y. Yankees, Gerrit Cole, rhp, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS, failed to sign

29. Cleveland, Lonnie Chisenhall, ss, Pitt CC, $1.1 million

30. Boston, Casey Kelly, rhp-ss, Sarasota (Fla.) HS, $3 million

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How is that?

He's a senior. He's not going back to school.

Mariners Notebook: Talks could intensify with first-round draft pick Fields

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Mariners are continuing their dialog with 2008 first-round draft pick Josh Fields. But unlike most of the rest of the players taken in the first round, Fields, a closer who helped pitch Georgia into the College World Series, is a senior. And the rule that mandates draftees must sign by Aug. 15 or wait and enter the next year's draft applies only to underclassmen.

"I don't have the feeling that anything is immediately imminent," Benny Looper, the club's vice president of player personnel, said Friday. "We'd like to sign him, and the sooner we can do that, the better."

Fields is represented by Scott Boras, who represents a handful of drafted underclassmen on whom a thumbs-up or thumbs-down had to be made by Friday.

Although the Mariners and Boras have had ongoing discussions regarding Fields, it's possible that intensity of the talks will pick up now that the deadline has passed.

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