ASTROS SIGN TOP PICK CORREA

The Houston Astros quickly signed the top overall pick in the First Year Player Draft, inking Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa to a deal on Thursday that included a $4.8M signing bonus. Under the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the pool money assigned to that pick is $7.2M, so the Astros are off to a great start under the new system, having the remaining $2.4M to spread around on other picks.

Their supplemental first-round pick (41st overall), RHP Lance McCullers Jr. is slotted for $1,258,700 and is expected to require more than that to sign so the surplus from the Correa signing could be put to use there.

Also on Thursday, the Royals announced the signing of their top pick (5th overall) RHP Kyle Zimmer, who got a $3M signing bonus. That pick was alotted $3.5M, so, again, Kansas City has an extra $0.5M to use elsewhere.

 

 

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