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MLB Draft: Signing Rumors

We'll gather some of the latest rumors regarding top draft picks here. The deadline for picks to sign with their respective teams hits tonight at midnight, so there should be a flurry of action over the next 12 hours or so. We have running lists of all of the day's signings, as well as the players that haven't signed yet, so check us out for all of your draft pick signing references. We'll be bringing some quick-takes and analysis, too, so stay tuned.

  • According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins are believed to have offered first-round pick Jose Fernandez roughly slot money for his selection. At 14th overall, that means that Florida offered the prep pitcher roughly $1.6 million. You have to wonder if the Florida native will be able to turn down that much money and wait three more years to re-enter the draft.
  • Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus polled five people within the game this morning to figure out how many first-round picks might pass on signing today; according to Goldstein, three of the executives said that every player will sign, while two said that one player won't sign. Goldstein added that, of the executives who expect one player to pass on signing, neither thought that player would be Blue Jays first-round pick Tyler Beede.
  • Over at MLBTR, they have a nice post explaining how and why some top drafted players end up signing Major League contracts with their respective organizations. Among players that have already signed, only Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher and third overall pick Trevor Bauer has received a big league contract.