Originally Posted by TeamBoone
I know this will not change, but I absolutely HATE these huge signing bonuses for a player who's never even stepped a foot on a minor league ball field, much less a big league park.
I just hate it. $2 million, for what? Absolutely nothing at this point; it's a gift for playing well in HS or college... a gift.
I'm not sure what the case is nowadays, but I do remember reading somewhere that these bonuses are not just a check to cash immediately.
The payments are phased out over several years, and contingent on obtaining certain goals. I remember somewhere that if a player didn't make it the bigs he wouldn't collect the full bonus.
Somebody help with this...there's always someone who knows more about these details.