08/16/11 12:14 AM ET
Last-minute deals abound at Draft deadline
By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com
12:15 a.m. ET
Among the clubs announcing signings of first-round picks shortly after midnight: Pirates -- Gerrit Cole; Mariners -- Danny Hultzen; Orioles -- Dylan Bundy; Astros -- George Springer; D-backs -- Archie Bradley; Indians -- Francisco Lindor; Royals -- Bubba Starling; Nationals -- Anthony Rendon; Brewers -- Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley; Mets -- Brandon Nimmo; Rays -- Taylor Guerrieri and Mikie Mahtook; Twins -- Levi Michael.
11:55 p.m. ET
The Reds have managed to woo Amir Garrett away from playing basketball at St. John's. The 22nd-rounder had impressed scouts in workouts even though he hadn't played much baseball in the past two years. The Reds gave Garrett $1 million, but it's spread over five years as a two-sport deal.
The Orioles signed sixth-rounder Nick Delmonico. The lefty-hitting third baseman got $1.5 million from Baltimore to walk away from his Georgia commitment.
11:20 p.m. ET
The high school arms are starting to sign. The Marlins inked first-round pick Jose Fernandez with a $2 million bonus, while second-round pick Dillon Howard has agreed to terms with the Indians for $1.85 million.
10:35 p.m. ET
There's just over an hour to go and there's still no official movement at the top of the Draft board. All eight of the top 10 picks remain unsigned as do all 23 of the first-rounders (out of 33 total) who began the day on the board. Some deals might be done but not announced yet, while some teams are starting to negotiate in earnest now. It's going to be an extremely chaotic final hour, going right up to 12:01 a.m. ET for sure.
9:40 p.m. ET
Vanderbilt is a hot topic, as Commodores draftees Grayson Garvin and Jason Esposito have signed, with the Rays and Orioles respectively, as has Cubs 11th-round pick Shawon Dunston Jr., who had committed to Vandy out of Valley Christian (Calif.) High School. The news does not appear as good for the Blue Jays on the Vanderbilt front, as it looks like their fourth of four supplemental first-round picks, Kevin Comer, will be headed to Nashville along with the Jays' first pick (21st overall), Tyler Beede.
The Orioles agreed to terms with Esposito, their second-round pick (64th overall) on a deal that includes a signing bonus of $600,000. Garvin, a 6-foot-6 lefty, got a $370,000 bonus from the Rays. MLB.com has confirmed that Dunston's deal is for $1.275 million.
|1||Gerrit Cole (PIT)||8/15||$8.00m|
|2||Danny Hultzen (SEA)||8/15||$8.50m|
|3||Trevor Bauer (ARI)||7/25||$4.40m|
|4||Dylan Bundy (BAL)||8/15||$6.23m|
|5||Bubba Starling (KC)||8/15||$7.50m|
|6||Anthony Rendon (WAS)||8/15||$7.20m|
|7||Archie Bradley (ARI)||8/15||$5.00m|
|8||Francisco Lindor (CLE)||8/15||$2.90m|
|9||Javier Baez (CHC)||8/15||$2.70m|
|10||Cory Spangenberg (SD)||6/10||$2.63m|
|11||George Springer (HOU)||8/15||$2.53m|
|12||Taylor Jungmann (MIL)||8/15||$2.53m|
|13||Brandon Nimmo (NYM)||8/15||$2.10m|
|14||Jose Fernandez (FLA)||8/15||$2.00m|
|15||Jed Bradley (MIL)||8/15||$2.00m|
|16||Chris Reed (LAD)||8/12||$1.59m|
|17||C.J. Cron (LAA)||6/28||$1.47m|
|18||Sonny Gray (OAK)||7/25||$1.54m|
|19||Matt Barnes (BOS)||8/15||$1.50m|
|20||Tyler Anderson (COL)||8/15||$1.50m|
|21||Tyler Beede (TOR)||Didn't sign|
|22||Kolten Wong (STL)||6/25||$1.30m|
|23||Alex Meyer (WAS)||8/15||$2.00m|
|24||Taylor Guerrieri (TB)||8/15||$1.60m|
|25||Joseph Ross (SD)||8/15||$2.75m|
|26||Blake Swihart (BOS)||8/15||$2.50m|
|27||Robert Stephenson (CIN)||8/15||$2.00m|
|28||Sean Gilmartin (ATL)||7/15||$1.13m|
|29||Joseph Panik (SF)||6/11||$1.12m|
|30||Levi Michael (MIN)||8/15||$1.18m|
|31||Mike Mahtook (TB)||8/15||$1.15m|
|32||Jake Hager (TB)||6/23||$0.96m|
|33||Kevin Matthews (TEX)||6/16||$0.94m|
There's still no word on No. 7 overall pick Archie Bradley, but the D-backs did officially come to terms with three other picks Monday. Supplemental first-rounder Andrew Chafin ($675,000), second-rounder Anthony Meo ($625,000) and fifth-rounder Michael Perez ($235,000). At the conclusion of the Draft, scouts rated the D-backs as having the best Draft in baseball. With top pick Trevor Bauer signed, and now this trio, along with many of the others, it's already a successful haul for Arizona. Getting Bradley done -- and that won't happen until close to the deadline -- would be a huge exclamation point.
6:40 p.m. ET
There are a number of college pitchers still unsigned, but it is looking very likely that at least one will sign. Tyler Anderson, the lefty out of the University of Oregon taken by the Rockies No. 20 overall, will join the Rockies organization by the deadline. The deal is likely to be in the same neighborhood as what Colorado gave its first-round pick, Kyle Parker, a year ago. Parker got a reported $1.4 million as the No. 26 overall pick. A deal in that ballpark would be just a shade over slot.
5:45 p.m. ET
The Cubs have had ongoing dialogue with top pick (No. 9 overall) Javier Baez, though nothing is imminent at this time. Baez does have a commitment to Chipola Junior College (Fla.), so if he goes that route, he'd be eligible again in 2012. It does seem probable, though, that the Cubs will be able to bring Baez into the fold.
It appears that second-round pick Dan Vogelbach has agreed to a $1.6 million bonus, and it's expected that 11th-rounder Shawon Dunston Jr. will also become a Cub when the deadline hits. It seems deals are in place for these, and many other, draftees, but official announcements will not be coming until much closer to the midnight deadline.
5:15 p .m. ET
Announcements have been few and far between, as it's looking more and more likely that a vast majority of the deals will become official close to that midnight deadline. The Royals, however, did officially announce the signing of four later picks: Right-hander Kyle Smith (fourth round), third baseman Patrick Leonard (fifth round) and right-handers Jake Junis (29th round) and Christian Binford (30th round). MLB.com has confirmed that Smith's signing bonus is for $695,000, Leonard's is $600,000 and Junis' $675K. No information on Binford was yet available.
There was no news on the Royals' top pick, Bubba Starling, or third-rounder Bryan Brickhouse. Brickhouse is a right-hander with a fairly strong commitment to the University of North Carolina.
3:30 p.m. ET
While things are just starting to heat up, with eight and a half hours to go until the deadline, there's plenty of chatter going around about who's going to get what. Two of the more interesting cases are No. 5 overall pick Bubba Starling and No. 7 Archie Bradley. Starling, an outfielder, is also a big-time football recruit committed to playing quarterback at the University of Nebraska. Bradley, a right-handed pitcher, could QB at the University of Oklahoma. Both are likely to get two-sport deals, where teams can spread the money they give to the draftee over five years. There was some buzz about Bradley and the D-backs having such a deal in place, but that's yet to be confirmed. Even if the two sides can agree on a dollar figure, though, they'll have to also agree on how the money is spread out. Teams will likely want to back-load the deals while players/advisors will want more money up front.
1:50 p.m. ET
It's been reported that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms with 13th-round pick Matt Dean, a high school third baseman who had a commitment to the University of Texas. MLB.com has learned that Dean will get a bonus of $737,500 to not become a Longhorn. Toronto still has some high-profile picks unsigned, led by No. 21 overall selection Tyler Beede, who still appears headed to Vanderbilt.
1:45 p.m. ET
It had been discussed on Sunday night, but now it's official: Larry Greene is a Phillie. Philadelphia's top pick, and the lone player who was at the live broadcast of the Draft at MLB Network, agreed to terms late Sunday night. Greene was the No. 39 overall pick in the Draft, taken in the supplemental first round, the Phillies' first selection in the Draft. MLB.com has confirmed that he will receive a signing bonus of $1 million.
A lot more to come, with one executive telling me that as much as $100 million might be spent today to get these picks signed.
By midnight, it will all be over.
That's when the deadline to sign 2011 draftees will hit, and with 23 of 33 first-round picks unsigned entering Monday, it promises to be a very busy day. As of 10 a.m. ET, a majority of the top 100 selections in June were still waiting to come to terms with their respective teams. From MLB.com's initial Draft Top 50, 40 were still on the table.
There are a couple of reasons for that. Some of the responsibility lies with players and their advisers, who are holding out in the hopes of a larger payday. Some of it is teams trying to hold the line on offers. And some deals are undoubtedly done, with announcements delayed in an effort to avoid giving advisers with still-unsigned players any more ammunition to use in their negotiations.
Teams have until 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday to come to terms with their draftees, meaning official notification has to be in the Commissioner's Office when the clock strikes midnight. A team that does not sign its first- or second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will come at the same slot, plus one. In other words, if a team doesn't sign the No. 9 overall pick, it would receive the No. 10 pick -- technically 9A -- the following year. A team does not receive a 2012 pick if it does not come to terms with a selection made with a compensation pick this year.
So look forward to a busy day of rumors, bonus demands and signings. And come back here for frequent updates as the day progresses.