April 14, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria before a game against the Houston Astros at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Marlins are not expected to reach an agreement with first-round draft pick Andrew Heaney, a source has told Jim Callis of Baseball America.
The Marlins reportedly offered Heaney a $2.6 million deal, but the lefty would not accept anything below his full slot value, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel.
The 6' 2", 174-pound left-hander out of Oklahoma State, selected ninth overall in last month's draft, will be the first top-round pick to not agree to a contract if the initial report holds true through tomorrow's deadline.
Callis speculates that the Marlins' hardline stance on signing Heaney may have a ripple effect that will prevent them from coming to an agreement with third-round pick Avery Romero.
Heaney went 8-2 with a 1.62 ERA over 15 starts for the Cowboys as a senior this season, striking out 140 batters in just 118 1/3 innings and tossing six complete games. The left-hander is one of six first-round picks still unsigned; a list that also includes Stanford's Mark Appel and LSU's Kevin Gausman.
Are the Marlins making a mistake if they don't sign Heaney?