August 2010

Yankees sign Mason Williams

I’ve just learned the Yankees signed 4th rounder, high school outfielder Mason Williams. As they have with several later-round picks, they’ve one over slot, signing Williams for $1.45 million.

D-Backs make big signing

No, it’s not first-rounder Barret Loux. Looks like he’s not going to sign.

They did, however, sign toolsy high school outfielder Ty Linton (check out his Draft Report), their 14th round pick. The two-sport standout was signed away from going to the University of North Carolina for a $1.25 million bonus, which will be spread out over five years.

So while they may not be signing Loux, they have had some success today, with the Linton deal adding to Blake Perry and Tyler Green.

Draft Reports on the recently signed

In case you wanted to take a look-see, here are the Draft Reports we did pre-draft on the top players who have recently signed that I didn’t post earlier:

2.  Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates
12. Yasmani Grandal, C, Reds
24. Gary Brown, OF, Giants
52. Stetson Allie, RHP, Pirates
74. Jarrett Parker, OF, Giants

Just something to catch up on as we await more signings.

Reds getting Grandal done

It’s not quite official yet, but MLB.com has learned that the Reds will sign their top pick, N0. 12 overall Yasmani Grandal. Things should be finished up in the next half-hour or so, but it’s believed the University of Miami catcher will get $2.99 million and a Major League deal.

That means Grandal will get a spot on the 40-man roster. The Reds’ roster is full right now, so the organization will have to make a move to make room for their new backstop.

As of this writing, Grandal is the first draftee to receive a Major League contract as part of his deal.

Solis official

The Nationals have officially signed second round pick Sammy Solis. The San Diego lefty got $1 million to sign. Here’s his Draft Report. 

Mariners land two picks

Both came after the first round, but both got over-slot deals that fit into late-first round or supplemental round type money. The Mariners were able to sign second-round pick Marcus Littlewood and 16th rounder Jordan Shipers on Monday. You can check out Littlewood’s Draft Report here.

Littlewood, a shortstop from the Utah high school ranks, got $900,000 to sign. Shipers, a prep lefty from Missouri, got $800,000. Littlewood had been committed to the University of San Diego. Shipers was set to go to Missouri State. Instead, both are now Mariners.

The Mariners can now turn their attention to signing third-rounder Ryne Stanek, the Kansas high school product with a commitment to Universiy of Arkansas. They also have James Paxton, the fourth-round pick, but because he was not in school last year, they can negotiate with him past the deadline (like the Royals did with Aaron Crow recently).

Rockies sign Peter Tago…other signings

Just got the release via email — the Rockies have signed high school right-hander Peter Tago, the No. 47 overall pick in the Draft, taken in the supplemental first round. No word yet on the bonus, but it’s likely to be over-slot. Here’s his Draft Report.

The Indians did have to go well over-slot to sign local high school catcher Alex Lavisky, their eighth rounder. It’s confirmed that he received a $1 million bonus. Hopefully, they got a little bit of a hometown discount, as Lavisky is a St. Edward High School product from nearby Lakewood, Ohio.

The reports that the Dodgers had signed 11th-rounder Joc Pederson aren’t quite, 100 percent right. It’s not official until the NoCal product passes his physical. Assuming that goes well, the reports are accurate that he’ll sign for $600,000.

More info as it continues to pour in…

Red Sox sign second-round pick Brandon Workman

The Red Sox have come to terms with second-round pick Brandon Workman, signing him to an above-slot deal of $800,000. The University of Texas standout was taken with the No. 57 overall pick in the Draft.

News of taht signing came on the heels that the Sox had also gone over-slot to ink their third-round pick, high school infielder Sean Coyle. The Eastern Pennsylvania product was signed away from his University of North Carolina commitment for $1.3 million. He’s the first third-rounder to get a seven-figure bonus.

The Red Sox are still working on signing fourth-round pick Garin Cecchini and supplemental first round pick Anthony Ranaudo, both of whom will likely take above-slot deals to get done.

Indians sign 4th rounder Kyle Blair

The Cleveland Indians have signed their fourth-round pick,
right-handed pitcher Kyle Blair, MLB.com has learned. The University of San
Diego standout was the No. 120 pick overall of the Draft and it took an
over-slot deal to get it done.

Blair will get $580,000 to sign. The Indians have yet to sign first-rounder
Drew Pomeranz, the lefty out of Ole Miss (No. 5 overall), outfielder LeVon Washington, their 2nd-round
pick and high school shortstop Tony Wolters, their third-round selection.
There was some buzz that a Wolters deal was close to being done.

In case you were curious, you can take a look at the Draft Report we had on Blair before the Draft in June: Kyle Blair, RHP, University of San Diego

Draft deadline: the latest

With just about 12 hours left until the Draft signing deadline, there’s still not a whole lot to report in terms of bona fide news. Here’s what’s out there with some of the teams working to sign picks,. starting with those in the top 12 of the first round. More to come…

1. Bryce Harper, Nationals: It’s been eerily quiet with the top pick and it’s quite possible there hasn’t been much in the way of negotiating going on between the two sides as of yet. It’ll come down to the wire, but I think it will get done. Nothing official on 2nd rounder Sammy Solis or 4th rounder A.J. Cole, but it did sound like both would sign when all was said and done.

2. Jameson Taillon, Pirates:  The Pirates are cautiously optimistic they’ll sign both Taillon and second-rounder Stetson Allie. There’s probably a money bridge to gap and there was some talk about the old big-league deal vs. no big-league deal discussion. The Pirates would probably like to avoid giving one out to a high school pitcher, but we’ll see how this one unfolds.

3. Manny Machado, Orioles: The O’s did sign RHP Jaime Esquivel, their 28th round pick, signed away from attending Rice. And there’s the hope they’ll sign a few more high school players before the day is over, including the No. 3 pick.

5. Drew Pomeranz, Indians: This one is going to come down to the wire. No news on this one yet, though there was talk that the Indians and third-rounder Tony Wolters were close.

6. Barret Loux, Diamondbacks: With the failed physical, this one got messy fast. I think there’s a good chance this one won’t get done when the deadline hits.

7. Matt Harvey, Mets: Not sure what the hold up is here, but I think this one will happen by the deadline.

9. Karsten Whitson, Padres: Sounded like the two sides were still fairly far apart as the last day approached. A lot can happen between now and midnight, though.

11. Deck McGuire, Blue Jays: No news on this one; still the same as before, with the Jays having put a number out there. Now it remains to be seen if McGuire will take it.

12. Yasmani Grandal, Reds: There were rumors that this was done, but it’s not just yet. The issue might be the big-league deal. Grandal wants one, the Reds don’t want to give one. I think it gets done, with an over-slot deal somewhere in the $3 million range.

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