Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mike Aviles, and the $1,000 Signing Bonus

If you haven't read Jeff Passan's column over at Yahoo! Sports about Mike Aviles, it's a great read.

He recounts how the Royals drafted Aviles in the seventh round of the 2003 draft and then offered him a $1,000 signing bonus. And how, even after winning the MVP of the Arizona Rookie League, and then making the Carolina League All-Star team, and then making the Texas League All-Star team, the Royals did not place him on the 40-man roster coming out of spring this year, so any team could have taken him as a Rule 5 guy for $50,000.

Obviously, none did. Thankfully.

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