Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2010 MLB Draft Deadline signings

Today was the deadline for draft picks to sign with the organizations that drafted them.  All but three first round picks agreed to terms.  Here's a rundown of some of the bigger signings, and non-signings.

  • The Nationals agreed to terms with top draft pick Bryce Harper.  He receives $9.9 million in guaranteed money, a new record for a position player.  Harper, who is only 17, won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the nation's top amateur baseball player.  Nice job by the Nationals.
  • The Pirates signed pitcher Jameson Tailion, who was the second overall player.  Taillion, who is considered to be the top pitching prospect in the draft, gets $6.5 million in guarantees.  Throw him into the rotation, the Pirates pitching staff is a joke!
  • The Orioles signed Manny Machado, who was the third player taken in the draft.  He recieves a $5.5 million guarantee.  Machado, a high school shortstop from Miami, has drawn comparisons to Alex Rodriguez.
There were three first rounders that failed to reach an agreement with their teams.  Here's a list of those.
  • The Diamondbacks failed to sign number 6 overall pick, pitcher Barrett Loux.  Loux is believed to have arm troubles, and the Diamondbacks decided not to commit a hefty bonus to the player.
  • The Padres failed to sign high school pitcher Karsten Whitson.  The Padres are believed to have offered Whitson over $2 million, which was more than the number 8 pick, Delino Deshields Jr. received from the Astros.  Whitson will now go on to pitch at Florida.
  • The Brewers failed to reach an agreement with number 14 pick, pitcher Dylan Covey.  Covey rejected the deal due to him having type 1 diabetes.  He will pitch next season for the University of San Diego.  Not very sweet if your a Brewers fan.
For a list of all the signings, go towww.mlbtraderumors.com  It's a great website if you haven't been there before, although the guy that runs the site is a complete asshole.

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