Talks’ with second rounder Bittle stall


Via The Clarion Ledger comes word that contract negotiations between the Yankees and second round pick Scott Bittle have reached an impasse after a physical showed “wear and tear” on his throwing shoulder. No surprise here, Bittle and his agent say he’s fine. The 75th overall pick threw 70.2 innings as Ole Miss’s closer this season, which is right in line with the typical workload of a top college reliever. If the Yanks don’t come to terms with Bittle, they’ll receive a compensation pick after the second round next year as per MLB’s latest draft rule change. Obviously you’d rather have the player now instead of the pick later.

Just for a historical note, the Padres discovered that Tim Stauffer had a fatigued shoulder after signing him to a $2.6M deal as the 4th overall pick of the 2003 draft. Stauffer’s bonus was adjusted down to $750,000, and he’s gone on to have an unspectacular career thus far. He’s currently coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. Jamal G. says:

    I heard about this from NoMaas’ draft blog a couple days ago, hopefully something can be worked out. If I am not mistaken, don’t some feel he can be a Major League option as early as next season?

    Speaking of draft news, Saber Scouting has their draft review podcast up (…finally, LoL). They talk about Gerrit Cole’s ceiling compared to Rick Porcello and the awesomeness that is Phil Hughes, Jeremy Bleich, Pat Venditte and other draft stuff. Enjoy!


  2. Tripp says:

    Isn’t it in the player’s best interest to sign for whatever he can get now? I mean the risk is to great if he returns to college and blows out his shoulder with no place to rehab it. At least the Yankees can offer their facility in Tampa for rehab.

    Also, he isn’t the type of high risk, high reward player the Yankees have been drafting lately right?

  3. A.D. says:

    Annoying, wanted to see what that cutter could do to wood bats

  4. Chip says:

    That sucks, just goes to show you what an unknown the draft is

  5. Reggie C. says:

    If Bittle’s shoulder “wear and tear” is confirmed by another set of doctors, and the Yanks go on to sign him for a slot minimum or dont sign him at all … that would be a waste of a high draft pick. Lets hope its a situation where all Bittle needs is conditioning and rest.

  6. Rich says:

    Pete Abe reported that the Yankees have offered him $250,000 up front and the remainder structured as a bonus if he remains healthy and effective. He ought to take it, imo.

  7. [...] (sandwich round) are expected to sign with the Yanks, however second rounder Scott Bittle is not. A routine physical showed significant wear and tear on the righty’s throwing shoulder about a month ago, leading to an breakdown in contract [...]

  8. [...] also didn’t come to terms with their second round pick, RHP Scott Bittle out of Ole Miss. He had some shoulder issues, but refused to cut a deal. I hate too see kids turn down ridiculously large amounts of money like [...]

  9. [...] Bittle was the Yanks’ second round pick last year, but never signed because the team found some red flags in his shoulder. Arguably the best closer in the nation coming into the year, Bittle moved into the Rebels’ [...]

  10. [...] pick, but he failed a post-draft physical not because of a specific ailment, but because of general wear-and-tear. The Yanks didn’t sign him and used the compensation pick to select J.R. Murphy in 2009. [...]

  11. [...] took him with their second round pick in 2008 but did not sign him after a physical revealed “wear and tear” in his pitching shoulder. He went back to school, got drafted by (and signed with) the [...]

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