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MLB: Washington Nationals Break Their Own Record for Draft Bonuses

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 10:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals wipes his forehead during the game against the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park on August 10, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Steven BielCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2010


We won't have bonus information for all 50 rounds for a while, but we do know that the Nationals spent enough yesterday to break their own record for the most money ever spent on bonuses in a single draft.

Last year, in a draft headlined by Stephen Strasburg, the team spent $10,869,500 on bonuses. This year, we know they've already spent at least $11,178,200 (this doesn't count the full value of the major league contracts given to Harper or Strasburg--just bonuses).

Here's the run down of where the money went:

1Bryce Harper$6,250,000
2Sammy Solis$1,000,000
3Rick Hague$430,200
4A.J. Cole$2,000,000
5Jason Martinson$174,000
6Cole Leonida$125,000
7Kevin Keyes$125,000
8Matt Grace$125,000
9Aaron Barrett$35,000
10Blake Kelso$115,000
12Robbie Ray$799,000


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