A million good reasons: Yankees trump Tigers with big offer for DeCarr

Clemson signee agrees to go pro for a $1 million bonus, nearly double slot value

Austin DeCarr (Perfect Game photo)

Austin DeCarr (Perfect Game photo)

Hard-throwing righthander Austin DeCarr ended up with a very good reason not to follow through on his commitment to the Clemson baseball program.

Actually, a million of them.

The New York Yankees made DeCarr, a third-round pick out the Salisbury School in Connecticut, a teenage millionaire this week when they inked the Clemson signee to a rookie professional contract.

The 91st player selected overall, DeCarr's $1 million signing bonus was nearly double the scheduled slot value for his position ($585,100).

In his one season at the prep school level, DeCarr had a 0.42 ERA in 42 innings, with 93 strikeouts.

According to ESPN, DeCarr told the Sun Chronicle that he was able to talk to Clemson head coach Jack Leggett about his decision to turn pro instead of suiting up for the Tigers.

"I talked to him for a while," DeCarr said. "He was very professional about it. It was a tough call to make. They understood my decision, and I told them I would definitely support the program in the future."

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