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Updated: June 12th, 2012 11:50pm
Byron Buxton's bonus worth $6M, making him draft's highest-paid player

Byron Buxton's bonus worth $6M, making him draft's highest-paid player

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton is about to become the richest player taken in last week's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

A league source confirmed Tuesday night that the Minnesota Twins and Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick, have agreed to terms on a signing bonus worth $6 million, which is $1.2 million more than the Houston Astros gave No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa. The deal is expected to be finalized sometime Wednesday.

The recommended slot value for the No. 1 pick was $7.2 million and $6.2 million for No. 2.

Buxton took batting practice alongside Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer at Target Field on Tuesday.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau