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Through last season, the former Roberson High star, who was a first round draft pick in 2006, had collected more strikeouts (416) than hits (402).
Butler is now with the San Diego Chargers and is in the last of a two year, $1.2 million deal that will pay him $645,000 in 2014.
Comparing Pagan's deal: Jeoffrey Pagan, the former Asheville High and Alabama player who was drafted in the sixth round by the Houston Texans earlier this month, received a signing bonus of $128,820 after inking a four year deal that Saucony Shoes Belfast will be worth $2.34 million if he plays all four seasons.
Pagan had 32 tackles for Alabama last season but his draft stock went down because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.
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Cameron Maybin is showing signs of changing a bad habit that has followed him throughout his major league career.
was named to the American League All Star team was not a fluke.
In his first 17 games with the San Diego Padres this season, Maybin has more hits (16) than strikeouts (8) and is hitting .281 while fanning just 14 percent of the time.
Last season Holland struck out 103 batters in 67 innings and recorded 49 saves for Kansas City. Those numbers helped him earn a one year, $4.675 million deal, almost 10 times his 2013 salary of $539,000.
Four years ago, another Asheville High player was a sixth round pick. Crezdon Butler, a cornerback who played at Clemson received a $119,000 signing bonus from Pittsburgh.
Defensive tackle Louis Nix, selected in the third round by the Texans, signed a four year, $2.85 million contract that included a signing bonus of $572,252. Pagan likely could have been a third round pick without his shoulder problem.
So far in 2014 Holland has successfully converted 12 of 13 save opportunities. He has a 2.16 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 16.2 innings for the Royals, who have won eight of their last 12 games to climb above .500 (22 21).
It's early, and Maybin got a late start after missing the first 25 regular season games because of a bicep injury that sidelined him early in training camp. But it's an encouraging sign for a guy who has struck out slightly more than 25 percent of the time since his arrival to the majors in 2007.
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While his .281 average is very respectable Maybin has yet to drive in a run this season.
Maybin's best season was in 2011 when he hit .264, scored 82 runs, drove in 40 and stole 25 bases in 137 games. That earned him a five year contract extension worth $25 million. Maybin is making $5 million this season.
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