Rays ink top pick Beckham

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I missed this one while I was out of town at the end of last week. Tim Beckham, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, agreed to a record $6.15M deal, bringing in $50,000 more than The Justin Upton did in 2005. I’m surprised the deal was announced so soon, but Jim Callis doesn’t think the signing will inflate the bonuses for the remaining unsigned players. Last year Rick Porcello received a $3.58M bonus as part of a four-year ML contract that could be worth $11.1M with incentives, the largest deal ever given out to a high school pitcher. Boras will likely milk the Yanks’ teet dry for Gerrit Cole, but I doubt he’ll get a Porcello-esque deal, even if Beckham’s deal causes inflation. I do expect Cole to get more than the $2.1M given to Jarrod Parker recieved as the 9th overall pick, which was the second largest bonus given to a HS pitcher last year.

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Mike & the Mad Dog may be on the outs
Profiling Pat Venditte
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Jarrod Parker was second? Wow, so what was Josh Beckett’s bonus? BTW, players that drop due to sign-ability concerns, is this a new trend or something that has been going on or awhile? For instance, was there a thought that Mr. Beckett might drop in his draft?

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    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Jarrod Parker got the second biggest bonus last year. Beckett’s $7M deal is stil the second largest total deal ever, and his $4M bonus is still the biggest for the HS pitcher.

      Players dropping due to signability isn’t something new, It’s always happened. Before teams would take these players late, then try to persuade them into attended a JuCo so they could sign them later as a draft and follow. The signing deadline eliminated the DFE rule, so some of these guys are getting big bonuses now.

      • Bo

        Beckett was also almost a decade ago.

  • mustang

    Nice to see the Yankees tax money hard at work.

    • mike

      agreed. Love the Luxury tax – my bet is a direct line can be made between the 40% taxes paid because of Hawkins + Farnsworth, so besides the pleasure we get from seeing them every week, there appears to be ancillary benefits too!!!

  • Vladdy

    gerrit cole or jarrod parker?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Parker. Similar stuff, better delivery.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Yes, but Gerrit Cole is a Yankee prospect, and Jarrod Parker is not.

        Ergo, Gerrit Cole is much, much, much better and the next Nolan Ryan, and Jarrod Parker is the next Jarrod Bunch.

  • Tripp

    Obviously, we won’t see much of Cole this season if at all, but where does he project next year? State Island? Seems like he has a lot of work with that delivery of his.

    • dan

      He’ll probably follow the same path that Betances did, being relatively unpolished. So Staten Island after extended spring training would be a good guess.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Maybe I’m misremembering, like Andy Pettitte, but wasn’t Betances drafted as a freakishly tall bundle of long arms and long legs and uber raw?

        Please tell me Gerrit Cole isn’t as unpolished as Betances. ‘Cause that’s pretty effin’ unpolished.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Hopefully he gets some time in the GCL, then I bet he starts next year in Extended Spring before heading to SI. The Betances & McAllister development plan.

      • dan

        wow. creepy.

  • younguns

    Cole will probably be shipped off to play in the Hawaiian Winter League just like Joba was in the Winter of 2006.

    Dumbass commish Bud Selig & the MLB front office are downright militant when it comes to teams signing drafted players at their drafted position for slot $$$.

    Cole’s deal & others who were drafted but have “signability” issues won’t be announced until the August 15th deadline as punishment for ignoring the rule of paying draftees according to where they were drafted.

  • pat