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Dodgers finalize agreement with first-round pick Corey Seager

June 29, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez

The Dodgers have finalized an agreement with their first-round draft pick, infielder Corey Seager of Northwest Cabarrus High in Concord, N.C.

Seager will receive a bonus of $2.35 million, according to people familiar with the deal who spoke under the condition of anonymity because it wasn't expected to be announced until today. Seager was selected with the 18th overall pick, which was designated a slot value of $1.95 million by the commissioner's office.

The deadline to sign draft picks is July 13.

Seager, 18, is the younger brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. He was the first position player to be taken with the Dodgers' top pick since first baseman James Loney in 2002.

Listed at 6 feet 4 and 205 pounds, Seager was projected by several other teams as a third baseman, but the Dodgers intend for him to start his professional career as a shortstop.

Seager is represented by Scott Boras, who is also the agent for 2010 Dodgers first-round pick Chris Reed, a pitcher.

Seager leveraged a scholarship to the University of South Carolina into an over-slot bonus. He underwent a physical examination Thursday to finalize the contract. He is expected to be at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

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