We're about a week away from the August 15 deadline for 2011 draft picks to sign with their new MLB teams, and some players are beginning to sign with their respective organizations. Most of the elite prospects won't sign until the very last minute, though, so don't get too worried until the bell has rung.
- The Brewers announced yesterday that they reached preliminary agreements with second-round pick Jorge Lopez and fifth-round pick Michael Reed, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Lopez, a right-handed pitcher out of high school from Puerto Rico, has reportedly signed for $690K, while Reed, a toolsy high school outfielder from Texas, has received a $500K bonus. Both bonuses were reported by Baseball America's Jim Callis, and they're well above the commissioner's slot recommendations.
- The Royals, "will offer [Bubba] Starling the largest signing bonus in franchise history, likely one of the biggest in baseball history," according to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. Back in 2008, the Royals gave Eric Hosmer a $6 million signing bonus, so Starling will reportedly be receiving an offer in excess of that figure.