Draft Links: Cox, Nats, Tigers, White Sox, Mets

As Mike Rizzo recently suggested, for baseball's general managers and scouting directors, the Super Bowl isn't eight months away — it's tomorrow. Here are a few more links in anticipation of the 2010 draft….

  • Zack Cox is looking for "[Pedro] Alvarez money" which could cause him to slip in the draft, multiple sources tell Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus (via Twitter).  Alvarez, taken second overall by the Pirates in 2008, signed a four-year deal worth $6.355MM.  On top of that, Cox is said to be seeking a major league deal, tweets ESPN's Keith Law.
  • The Nats will take Bryce Harper No. 1, barring any drastic changes, GM Mike Rizzo told MASN's Debbi Taylor.  If they do take Harper, Washington will move him to the outfield, according to a baseball source who spoke to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.
  • Despite not having a first round pick, the Tigers are confident they can find talent in the later rounds, writes MLive.com's Steve Kornacki.
  • The Pirates have narrowed their choices to include Manny Machado, Jameson Taillon, or a college pitcher, writes Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
  • Don't be surprised to see the White Sox draft a college pitcher with the 13th pick, writes MLB.com's Scott Merkin.
  • MLB.com's Bill Ladson spoke with Rizzo, who once again said that they know who they'll select first overall. Rizzo says the player doesn't know he'll be selected, though it's tough to see them passing up consensus top pick Bryce Harper. Rizzo says the second through fifteenth rounds will determine the strength of a draft, and the Nats are "fired up" about it.
  • The latest updates from Fanhouse's Frankie Piliere include the Mets' and Yankees' first-round targets, and more details on the deal the Royals are working toward with Yasmani Grandal. Industry sources tell Piliere it'll be worth "upwards of" $3MM.
  • The Rangers own four of the top 50 picks in the draft, but they'll be on a budget, says Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
  • With the sixth pick, the Diamondbacks could be the wild card of the draft, according to ESPN.com's Keith Law (Insider-only). Their top two choices appear to be Barrett Loux and Chris Sale, who MLBTR's Mike Axisa profiled last week.
  • A potential first-round pick could have already been a Phillie, writes Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Karen Smith of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review conducts a brief Q&A with Pirates director of scouting Greg Smith.


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11 Comments on "Draft Links: Cox, Nats, Tigers, White Sox, Mets"


5 years 1 month ago

how come ive never heard of justin o’conner and thats who the mets are leaning towards taking?

5 years 1 month ago

it’s the Mets way…

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Pay more attention and you’ll hear of rising prospects.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

“The Pirates have narrowed their choices to include Manny Machado, Jameson Taillon, or a college pitcher.”

So they’ve narrowed their choices to include all the possibilities we’ve heard all along?

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

The better question would be this: Who WOULD be surprised if the Sox took a college pitcher?

crunchy1
5 years 1 month ago

The better question would be this: Who WOULD be surprised if the Sox took a college pitcher?

ReverendBlack
5 years 1 month ago

I’m not one to complain about sports salaries and all that and I definitely wouldn’t support a general salary cap system, but boy do I hate undrafted prospects talking about how they’re “looking for x-level money”.

I haven’t thought about it much, but I don’t know that I would have a problem with a flat-rate draft system in which getting drafted meant you had the option to either sign with the team that drafted you for the flat rate or decline and try again next year.

I guess there would have to be some additional stipulations. I’ll shutup until I’ve given it more than a moment’s thought.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Even the high bonuses are still vastly deflated from what their price tags would be on the open market. Between that and the chance that this is their only big pay day in baseball, deflating paydays further would steer far more multi-sport athletes away from baseball. Just to name one problem. That’s just one problem right there.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Even the high bonuses are still vastly deflated from what their price tags would be on the open market. Between that and the chance that this is their only big pay day in baseball, deflating paydays further would steer far more multi-sport athletes away from baseball. Just to name one problem. That’s just one problem right there.

ReverendBlack
5 years 1 month ago

I’m not one to complain about sports salaries and all that and I definitely wouldn’t support a general salary cap system, but boy do I hate undrafted prospects talking about how they’re “looking for x-level money”.

I haven’t thought about it much, but I don’t know that I would have a problem with a flat-rate draft system in which getting drafted meant you had the option to either sign with the team that drafted you for the flat rate or decline and try again next year.

I guess there would have to be some additional stipulations. I’ll shutup until I’ve given it more than a moment’s thought.

baseball52
5 years 1 month ago

At least they can’t say Harper is the next Mauer if he’s going to be in the outfield.