It's official, the Sox have signed Junichi Tazawa to a major-league contract. The deal, worth $3M, places Tazawa on the 40 man roster. This is the route the Sox took when signing Craig Hansen, for historical reference.
A few representative signing bonuses (ML status could not be determined, but typically most players, even first rounders, do not get Major League contracts) that were meted out to middle/low first round pitching draft picks in the 2007 and 2008 amateur drafts, used for comparison. Tazawa has been compared to a draftee at this general position.
- Blake Beavan, RHP, Texas Rangers, pick 17/30, $1.5M bonus
- Nick Schmidt, LHP, San Diego Padres, pick 23/30, $1.26M bonus
- Rick Porcello, RHP, Detroit Tigers, pick 27/30, $3.58M bonus
- Andrew Brackman, RHP, New York Yankees, pick 30/30, $3.3M bonus.
Porcello and Brackman are outliers, to an extent, high first rounders who dropped on salary expectations.
- Andrew Cashner, RHP, Chicago Cubs, pick 19/30, $1.53M bonus
- Christian Friedrich, LHP, Colorado Rockies, pick 25/30, $1.35M bonus
- Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks, pick 26/30, $1.33M bonus
- Gerrit Cole, RHP, New York Yankees, pick 28/30, unsigned. Cole somewhat famously rejected the Yankees. Rumor had it that Cole was looking for $3M as a bonus but "family sources" insisted he was going to choose UCLA no matter the dollars offered.
Cole was another guy who slipped down due to puported salary demands.