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A’s sign fourth-round pick Max Stassi

The A’s just announced they have agreed to terms with catcher Max Stassi, their fourth round draft choice out of Yuba City High. He got a $1.5 million bonus, his agent Greg Genske confirmed. That’s the largest bonus ever given to a fourth-round pick.

That leaves shortstop Grant Green (first round) and left-hander Ian Krol (seventh round) as the top picks the A’s still hope to get under contract by tonight’s 9 p.m. deadline. Major league teams lose the rights to 2009 draft picks after that.

You could argue Stassi was an even tougher player to sign than Green, just because Stassi had a scholarship waiting to UCLA, giving him some negotiating leverage. It was assumed it would take a seven-figure bonus to sign him. Stassi was rated as one of the elite prep catchers in the nation, and if he lives up to the hype, he’ll be worth the money …

–Also from the A’s, second baseman Mark Ellis has been named American League Player of the Week …

Joe Stiglich