2013 Draft: Yankees sign supplemental first rounder Ian Clarkin

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Wednesday: The Yankees have officially announced the signing, so it’s a done deal. Clarkin passed his physical and will soon begin his pro career.

Monday: Via Jon Heyman: The Yankees and supplemental first round pick Ian Clarkin have agreed to a $1,650,100 signing bonus, which is exactly slot money for the 33rd overall pick. This was the pick the team received as compensation for losing Rafael Soriano to free agency. The deal is still pending a physical, which he will take today.

Clarkin, 18, is a left-hander out of a San Diego high school. He sits in the low-90s with his fastball and also offered one of the very best curveballs in the draft class. His changeup is advanced for a prepster. Read more about him right here. As you probably remember, Clarkin declared his hatred for the Yankees in a pre-recorded video that was aired during the draft broadcast before saying he would need “life-changing money” to sign. Unsurprisingly, $1.65M has a way of changing minds. I’m pleasantly surprised the Yankees got him signed for slot this quickly.

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  • SDB

    Awesome. Now to get Judge signed next.

  • jjyank

    He was supposed to be the toughest sign of the first rounders, right? Some were saying that he’d be the guy the team would need to go over slot for. Great to see him both signed, and signed for slot money. Awesome.

    • Bob Buttons

      Supposedly Denney was a tougher sign (along with the kid with the dad) but hey, we got our guy and that’s all that we need to care about.

      • Travis L.

        Boston got Denney to sign to slot money also.

        • DERP

          Denney got about 200K overslot. He could have gotten twice that amount and it wouldn’t have been too outlandish IMO.

        • JohnnyC

          Wrong. His slot value was $671,200. He signed for $875,000.

          • Travis L.

            Is it me or did you sound like a dick just then? I can admit when I’m wrong and I was. I thought I read somewhere that he signed for slot…I guess I was mistaken. My bad. But…relax a bit.

            • Fallus Prime

              On the internet, no one can tell you are a penis.

              • Bwitz

                Or just how big, long, or hard you can make it

                • Mandy Stankiewicz

                  unless this was the short-lived website, chat roulette

            • Steve

              He could have said it a little nicer, but “wrong” isn’t all that bad.

      • jjyank

        I meant the toughest of our first rounders.

    • trr

      Yes, Good news, and we need some!

  • Bob Buttons

    A tad surprising that we didn’t need to go overslot but hey, who’s complaining (other than fans of other teams)?

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    Straight slot! That was unexpected. Now, maybe, there is a chance to pick up a late round signability guy.

    • CS Yankee

      that could very well be the end game…

      Sign kids for slot, less if they are College seniors, take the additional 5% +/- dollars they can go over without penalty, and sign that 20 round guy for some “life changing money”.

  • CS Yankee

    Nice.

    Thought for sure he was going to be 2-300 over slot with all the talking. They might have drawn a line in the sand with him and his comments though, either way, good deal.

    Surprised that Judge is the one that is still unsigned out of the three.

    • Bo Knows

      I doubt they did, kid had all the leverage. They probably sold him on how much the team wants him and the progress he could have training under professionals.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Sweet! Can’t believe it only took slot money. Good news after a gray week.

  • DERP

    From the article:

    The Yankees’ other first-rounder, center fielder Aaron Judge from Fresno State, has been offered slot money by the team but hasn’t accepted as yet.

    • CountryClub

      If they were to lose 1 of the 3, he would be the one that I’d be OK about them not signing. I’s like to see them get all three, but I think he’s the biggest long shot. I wouldn’t cry about the Yanks having another 1st rd pick in what’s supposed to be a stronger draft next yr.

      • DERP

        He is definitely signing.

        • CountryClub

          I’m sure you’re right. I’m just happy they signed the other 2 first rounders.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He has zero leverage. He’s coming to us.

    • BeanTooth

      Easy and quick are not the same thing. Judge will take a while because this is the moment of his maximum leverage. If he goes back to school and comes out a senior, he’ll be in a terrible situation. He needs to sign now, but also to make the Yanks sweat a bit in the hopes he’ll get a little extra.

  • pat

    Straight slot, homie. Now watch him bust a corpuscle brushing his teeth.

    • The Real Me

      There’s a lot of shoulder movement when brushing your teeth. Better buy him an electric toothbrush A.S.A.P.

      • trr

        Maybe a brusher. …and a wiper like Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America”

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    It has occurred to me that, since Katoh was an overdraft, the Yankees are better off NOT signing Katoh and drafting a better player next year. The exception would be if they can sign Katoch under-slot and use the savings to get a guy like Quantrill. So ithink it could be possible that, if Quantrill’s price is within reach, they will then squeeze Katoh enough to make it happen. Once Judge is signed, their next priority should be quantril.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Overthinking a bit, I think.

      • jjyank

        A bit. I doubt the Yankees drafted Katoch in the second round with the intention of not signing him. He was most likely picked to save some pool money. I don’t think it’s really any deeper than that.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        Interesting criticism. It suggests there is an exactly optimal amount of thinking. :)

    • pat

      Quantrill is going to school. Money is not an issue for his family and he has said straight out that he will be going to Stanford. Forfeiting the slot money for Katoh would be a mistake. They didn’t take him in the 2nd to let him walk. They would have taken a college senior.

      • pat

        Plus, DO has said in an interview that we “picked the pocket” of a team well regarded by the AMA for drafting when we took Katoh.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        I mention Quantrill because IMO he is the only one in this situation worth spending the entire 5% overage on. but the logic applies, to a lesser degree, to guys like Bridges and/or Floyd.

        • Adam

          You don’t like Cody Thomas?

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            He’s going to Oklahoma.

            • Caballo Sin Nombre

              Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Here’s to twenty years of “BUT HE HATEZ TEH YANKEEZ!” on his way to a HOF career in pinstripes.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

    Said Clarkin upon signing, “This is the NEW happiest day of my life”.

    • Travis L.

      “…and I hate the Diamondbacks for what they did to MY Yankees.”

      • Bob Buttons

        Made me lol.

      • KG

        hahahahaha

  • DERP

    Looking at who is left in the top ten, the Yankees should have a good deal of money left over, especially if they are willing to spend the extra 5%. Just eyeballing it, it looks like they could have 1MM left over counting the 50K extra the 11th rounder got.

    • CONservative governMENt

      Hal likes the sound of that!

      Seriously, I think it will take some time but I’m glad the Yannkees have learned to negotiate. P

  • David Brown

    It goes without saying they would love to add Quantrill. But, if they cannot land him, at least three of Bridges, Fowler, Cortes & Floyd becomes a real possibility to get signed. I hear the Bridges price is $250,000 (Based on Calis), so this should really help.

  • Hassey

    sounds like we went from Maxwell Smart on annual draft day to Jason Bourne

  • Pat D

    One of my least favorite moments in sports was when noted Yankee-hater Ian Clarkin signed a contract with my Yankees for life-changing $1.65 million, just for having the potential to play professional baseball. This guy makes me want to puke. He’s a disgrace to the uniform he now has the chance to wear.

    I can’t wait to not boo him at Yankee Stadium after he washes out in high A.

    /dumb fan’d

    • jsbrendog

      man you had me in the beginning there. well done

      • Hassey

        I wouldn’t even care if he hated the Yankees. I’d guess that most (not all) young ballplayers in this country hated the Yankees growing up, unless they grew up in Yankee territory. And we know how few ballplayers actually come from Yankee territory

        • RetroRob

          The Yankees are the most loved and hated team in MLB. They have signed many players who were no doubt not Yankee fans growing up.

          They are now his employers and the employer of all his teammates he’ll be going to battle with on the field. He will now love the Yankees until he is no longer part of the organization.

          Overall, though, it was a joke since he knew he could be drafted by the Yankees and his mother is a Yankees fan who grew up in New Jersey. He was six-years-old when the World Series game 7 that shall not be mentioned by name happened.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            It’s terrifying that he’s almost a full year younger than me.

            • Caballo Sin Nombre

              Get used to it, kid.

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                Ha! At least I’m still younger than the college kids for another year.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Judge and Rumbelow need to quit playing their reindeer games and sign….or else….I’m gonna slap them.

    And then they go Twin Towers style and double splash me like Big Boss Man and Akeem, the African Dream.

    And then Slick starts tap dancing and preaching around me.

    ….not sure if I had a point.

    • Different Josh

      LSU is still in the CWS, so give Rumbelow some time to sign.

  • Mike

    If the Yankees do use up some of the remaining draft pool money, who would be the guy you realistically want? (I don’t think Quantrill is signing).

    Any chance we could entice Thomas to give baseball a try, and let him go be a quarterback for Oklahoma?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      which one, then?

      wait, i may have misread…

      • Mike

        Could the Yankees pull a Drew Henson and give Thomas money to play pro ball for them and be the QB at Oklahoma? Then if he shows some promise, buy him out of football in a couple years.

        • 28 this year

          Paying him adn still letting him play QB is probably allowed but buying him out of football later might not be allowed under the draft pool structure. I feel like that could open up a whole lot of circumvention of the pool if in 3 years, you can pay the player more without it counting against the draft pool.

  • Ed

    Watched Rumbelow in the CWS vs UCLA. Reminded me a little of Wetteland. Big guy, puts everything into it. Couple of wild pitches weren’t fun to watch (though my UCLA grad wife thought they were wonderful for the time being). Like to see him sign ASAP after the tourney.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      yeah, that’s not a bad comp. good 1.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso
  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    In any case, the Yankees already signed Derek Toadvine, who was the guy I really wanted. Because I’m looking forward to seeing his name in the boxscores.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Did you know an anagram of Derek Toadvine is “Renovated Dike?”

      DISCLAIMER: I’m not making any statements about anything. It was just an anagram.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Of course an anagram of Ian Clarkin is “Anal in Rick” so….

        maybe I should just stop before I get banned…

        • vicki

          you’re my new favorite.

          • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

            Hahaha. It must be my dirty whorish mouth.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        I was about to say, how can you renovate a sheet of rock formed in the crack of another rock? THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        Nice. This pick is looking better all the time.

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    Callis tweeted confirming that Caleb Smith (14) signed for $100K slot.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      K Levin-Flandrup confirmed Walby was $100K as well. He also claims the mostly likely late picks to sign with pool money are Bueno, Fowler, Bridges, McCarley and possibly Cortes; but not Floyd.

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    K L-F just posted that Conner Kendrick signed at $115K.