2011 Draft: No contact between Yanks and 41st rounder Jeremy Rathjen

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Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have not had any contact or negotiations with 41st rounder Jeremy Rathjen since the draft. Rathjen, an outfielder from Rice, fell in the draft because he tore the ACL in his right knee this spring. He was expected to be a top five rounds pick before the injury, but was considered unsigned just before the draft. Rathjen is an intriguing power-speed talent that plays a legit center field, though he can have trouble making contact. The signing deadline is one week from today, so there’s still plenty of time for the two sides to get together and hammer out a deal if they choose.

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  • Skip

    In other news – looks like some rumblings going on with Jake Cave flying to Tampa. Bubba Jones might be spilling the beans.


    • pat

      Cave has already made it public that he won’t be going to LSU. It’s just a matter of when the paperwork becomes official.

  • The Lime

    Good info, thank you

  • Bum Rushed

    “fell in the draft because he *tore* the ACL in his right knee this spring.”

  • Zach

    It would be nice to see ownership pay 20-50 guys with some of the money they were willing to spend on Wandy

  • Addison

    “No contact between Yanks and 41st rounder….”

    ” plenty of time for the two sides to get together and hammer out a deal”

    You don’t hammer out deals with 41st rounders.

    You send him a bus ticket and a $50 McDonald’s gift card and tell him he has a week to get his ass to Tampa or he can go load boxes at his neighbor’s convenience store.

    • SteveD

      BAM !!!!!!

  • felixpanther

    Yankees’re not going to sign Stafford, so far no signing over 1 million, plenty of money to sign Rathjen if he can show he’s healthy enough to play next year

    • Reggie C.

      Plenty to sign that Camarena fella.

    • Carl LaFong

      Is that definite we’re not signing Stafford? I know about the supposed negative medicals, but have the Yankees definitely said Stafford’s a no-sign? Both Stafford & Rathjen have played on the same summer team for a few years & are very good friends, so I was hoping we’d sign both. Now, I’m stealing myself for both getting away.

  • Januz

    I have been following the Rathjen story closely, and the probability is he will not be signing. Keep in mind he is going to RICE and is an Academic All-American (Not exactly the desperate trailer park trash that Addison thinks he is). Note: I was under the impression that this guy would be a difficult sign and would take until the end of the signing period (Like Mason Williams), but I learned from K. Levine-Flandrup that in the case of Williams, they were in constant contact (Even though $$$$$$ were not discussed). As noted, this case is different. One thing we have seen with the Draft (Since Gerrit Cole), is this Organization really stresses drafting (And signing)guys who want to be Yankees (Note ZERO Boras clients drafted in 2011, and only two in 2010 (And NONE were top 10 picks)). Apparently Rathjen does not care if it is the Yankees, or even San Diego who draftss him, which is a large part, why they have not been communicating.