Adam Walker is assigned to E-town.
According to LaVelle E. Neal, the Twins and Byron Buxton have reached an agreement, pending physical (that story has its own thread here in the Forum). According to Neal, the Twins have agreements with several other draft picks, pending physicals:
The Twins also have agreements with righthander Jose Berrios, the 32nd overall pick, for $1.55 million, second round pick, J.T. Chargois, a righthander from Rice; fifth round pick, Tyler Duffey, a righthander also from Rice; Jorge Fernandez, a prep catcher from Puerto Rico; and eighth round pick Christian Powell, a righthander from the College of Charleston, according to a club source. All deals are pending a physical.
Third round pick Adam Brett Walker II, an outfielder from Jacksonville University, has signed for $490,400.
Hey, how come Seth can copy star tribune stuff in here and us non-site creators cannot :D
Fair question... it's semi-free content, and I linked to it... That said, I'll have to give it consideration...
Buxton was in Minnesota today. Not sure if he has signed yet. Last I heard he was getting 6.0M for a signing bonus. Comes from a VERY reliable source.
Baseball America's Jim Callis says that the deal with Buxton is for $6 million... 25% more than top pick Carlos Correa and yet $200K less than slot. Gives Twins a little flexibility.
Last yr Tyler Grimes & Adam Bryant were assigned to Beloit but now the higher college draft pick Adam Walker goes to ETown......really dont get their minor league thinking.
That $200K is not enought to sign some of the high school picks later, so it will just sit there. Wish they could sign him for $5M, and still he would have been the highest bonus baby in the draft. Oh well, Ryan et al are geniouses
What about enticing Mazzilli with Beloit instead of E-Town as would likely be the case?
Grimes signed really quickly and played quite a bit in Beloit last year.
Lockwood was a 9th round pick out of high school... not exactly a high pick. He requested to be released, by the way.
Maybe the Twins just have a newfound spirit of generosity? I mean, what would Buxton have done if they said $5.5 million was the highest they'd go? Walk away? I don't think so.
Given the $100,000 allowance for picks after the 10th round, they still could sign a guy or two for $250,000 or something. Clearly nothing big though.
And your point about the tax is also correct. Team can go up to 5% over their pool total and just pay the 75% luxury tax. Obviously the Twins won't pay hundreds of thousands in luxury tax, but teams don't lose draft picks until they go above 5%. Perhaps if the Twins are high on a player but it would put them 50K above the total, they would do it and pay the 37.5K of luxury tax. We can hope right?