BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJORS : Signing Bonus Breaks Record

Associated Press

The Florida Marlins gave first-round draft pick Josh Booty a record signing bonus of $1.6 million.

Booty agreed not to play college football after being perhaps the nation's top high school prospect last season. He had a scholarship offer to play quarterback at Louisiana State. He batted .429 with 12 homers as a senior at Evangel Christian High in Louisiana.

His signing bonus exceeds the previous record of $1.55 million for this year's top draft pick, Paul Wilson, and the first pick in 1991, Brien Taylor. Wilson signed with the New York Mets, Taylor with the New York Yankees.

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San Francisco Giant reliever Rod Beck was added to the NL All-Star team, replacing Cincinnati's Jose Rijo, who has a sore elbow. Red shortstop Barry Larkin also won't play because of a sore elbow; Wil Cordero of the Montreal Expos will replace him.

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