June 7, 2012
The Royals announced the deal Thursday, less than three days
after they made Zimmer the No. 5 overall pick in Major League
Baseball's first-year player draft.
The early signing is a departure from previous years, when high
draft picks often waited until just before an August deadline. The
new collective bargaining agreement has moved up the deadline to
July 13 and created a slotting system to help speed along
The No. 5 player was due $3.5 million in the slotting structure,
which means the Royals saved $500,000 on Zimmer to help sign the
remaining nine players chosen in the first 10 rounds.