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Diamondbacks sign top overall pick Dansby Swanson

It came down to the wire, but Arizona signed its top draft pick.

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Minutes before the 5 p.m. Eastern time deadline, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson to a deal worth a reported $6.5 million.

Things were tense as the deadline approached, but unlike the Astros with top pick Brady Aiken last season, the Diamondbacks and Swanson agreed just in time. Steve Gilbert, the Diamondbacks beat writer for MLB.com, was the first to report the deal, and did so just two minutes prior to the deadline:

Swanson's bonus is tied for the sixth-highest in draft history, only eclipsed by such notables as Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Kris Bryant, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis:

The $6.5 million was still more than $2 million below slot for the top overall pick and Arizona used the savings to sign its 12th-round pick, right-handed pitcher Wesley Rodriguez, who was rated as the 77th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America:

Swanson played shortstop for College World Series runners-up Vanderbilt in 2015 after taking home College World Series MVP honors in 2014, when he played second base for the national champion Commodores. He hit .335/.423/.623 with 15 home runs this season after going deep just three times as a sophomore.

The Diamondbacks have not announced where Swanson will begin his professional career, saying they want to make sure he is in playing shape before assigning him to a team, but there has been speculation that he will start at Low-A Kane County.