We’ve known for a few days that Austin Martin and the Blue Jays had reached a deal, but we didn’t know what the signing bonus was.
Finally, on Wednesday, Jon Heyman reported that the fifth-overall pick from the 2020 draft is receiving a signing bonus of $7,000,825. That’s the second-highest signing bonus in the draft so far, behind only first-overall pick Spencer Torkelson, and, as expected, is well over the recommended slot value of $6,180,700.
Austin Martin signs with Jays for $7,000,825. Vandy OF-INF was No. 5 pick. Over slot.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 8, 2020
Martin was expected by many to go second overall in the draft, so when he fell to the Blue Jays at five, it was inevitable that he would be seeking a signing bonus above slot value. Right after the draft, it was reported that his agent, Scott Boras, would be seeking a deal over $7,000,000. He accomplished exactly that.
I imagine we’ll see Martin get added to the 60-man pool in the next little while so he can join the Blue Jays’ off-site camp once the season gets rolling. I really doubt we’ll see him get into a game this …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation