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Byron Buxton Contract: Twins Give Top Pick $6M Signing Bonus

On Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins announced that the deal with Byron Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 MILB First-Year Player Draft, included a $6 million signing bonus. The bonus is $200,000 below the recommended amount but was $1.2 million more than the bonus the Houston Astros gave to the No. 1 overall selection, Carlos Correa.

The terms of the contract where not disclosed by the club.

Buxton will likely begin in the Gulf Coast League, with a chance to move up to Rookie-level Elizabethton before the end of the season. He batted .513 with three homeruns, 17 doubles and 35 RBIs in his senior season at Appling County High School (Ga.). He had traveled to Minnesota on Tuesday to undergo a physical, take batting practice and meet some of the team's star players.

Now, the franchise hopes that he will become one of them in the near future.

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