One of the benefits of the new Major League Baseball Collective Bargaining Agreement is the early deadline for draft picks to sign by.
In the past, almost all of the deals with top players would not be announced until close to midnight. Now, we have already seen a lot of deals made for the best players.
Another part of that has to do with Bud Selig's salary cap on draft spending, because now he doesn't have to worry about prices being driven up since teams have to get creative with their signings so they don't forfeit future picks.
The signing deadline this year is at 5 p.m. EST on July 13. We are going to give you a roundup of all the signings and deals that have already happened or will happen up to the deadline.
|DRAFT ORDER||PLAYER||CONTRACT BONUS|
|1. Houston Astros||Carlos Correa, SS||$4.8 Million (via AP h/t ESPN)|
|2. Minnesota Twins||Byron Buxton, OF||$6 Million (via AP h/t ESPN)|
|3. Seattle Mariners||Mike Zunino, C||$4 Million (via Seattle Times)|
|4. Baltimore Orioles||Kevin Gausman, RHP||Not Signed (7/12)|
|5. Kansas City Royals||Kyle Zimmer, RHP||$3 Million (via Kansas City Star)|
|6. Chicago Cubs||Albert Almora, OF||$3.9 Million (via Miami Herald)|
|7. San Diego Padres||Max Fried, LHP||$3 Million (via North County Times)|
|8. Pittsburgh Pirates||Mark Appel, RHP||Not Signed (7/12)|
|9. Miami Marlins||Andrew Heaney, LHP||$2.6 Million (via Baseball America)|
|10. Colorado Rockies||David Dahl, OF||$2.6 Million (via Denver Post)|
|11. Oakland Athletics||Addison Russell, SS||$2.6 Million (via Baseball America)|
|12. New York Mets||Gavin Cecchini, SS||$2.3 Million (via Mets.com)|
|13. Chicago White Sox||Courtney Hawkins, OF||$2.5 Million (via Chicago Tribune)|
|14. Cincinnati Reds||Nick Travieso, RHP||$2 Million (via Baseball America)|
|15. Cleveland Indians||Tyler Naquin, OF||$1.75 Million (via Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
|16. Washington Nationals||Lucas Giolito, RHP||Not Signed (7/12)|
|17. Toronto Blue Jays||D.J. Davis, OF||$1.75 Million (via Baseball America)|
|18. Los Angeles Dodgers||Corey Seager, 3B||$2.35 Million (via Los Angeles Times)|
|19. St. Louis Cardinals||Michael Wacha, RHP||$1.9 Million (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
|20. San Francisco Giants||Chris Stratton, RHP||$1.85 Million (via NBC Bay Area)|
|21. Atlanta Braves||Lucas Sims, RHP||$1.65 Million (via AP h/t Yahoo Sports)|
|22. Toronto Blue Jays||Marcus Stroman, RHP||$1.8 Million (via New York Newsday)|
|23. St. Louis Cardinals||James Ramsey, OF||$1.6 Million (via Hardball Talk)|
|24. Boston Red Sox||Deven Marrero, SS||$2.05 Million (via Boston Globe)|
|25. Tampa Bay Rays||Richie Shaffer, 3B||Not Signed (7/12)|
|26. Arizona Diamondbacks||Stryker Trahan, C||$1.7 Million (via Diamondbacks.com)|
|27. Milwaukee Brewers||Clint Coulter, C||$1.675 Million (via The Columbian)|
|28. Milwaukee Brewers||Victor Roache, OF||$1.525 Million (via Baseball America)|
|29. Texas Rangers||Lewis Brinson, OF||$1.625 Million (via ESPN Dallas)|
|30. New York Yankees||Ty Hensley, RHP||$1.2 Million (via Baseball America)|
|31. Boston Red Sox||Brian Johnson, LHP||$1.5 Million (via Tampa Bay Times)|
Signings will be updated if/when they happen prior to the deadline.
Which First-Round Pick Is Most Likely Not To Sign?
The only first-round pick that I am remotely concerned about not signing is Lucas Giolito to Washington. He was always going to be a tough sign, but the fact that he slid down to 16 due to an elbow injury only makes it that much more difficult to get a deal done.
Kevin Gausman is talking about going back to LSU, though that is just the usual near-deadline posturing that players do to force teams into meeting their demands. He does have the luxury of being a sophomore, though he is already 21 years old. I think the Orioles will get a deal done, and this will all be a moment we look back at and laugh.
Mark Appel will be doing himself no favors returning to Stanford. Agent Scott Boras isn't going to make life easy on the Pirates, but there is so much risk for Appel if he decides not to sign. He could get hurt, and any leverage he has goes out the window since he is a senior next year.
Heaney (Miami) and Shaffer (Tampa Bay fall in the same boat as Gausman and Appel. I believe they will sign and everyone can rest easy.