Jays To Sign Thon For $1.5MM, Cenas For $700K

The Blue Jays have agreed to sign fifth-round pick Dickie Thon for $1.5MM, according to ESPN.com's Keith Law. Now that the Blue Jays have pried Thon away from his commitment to Rice, they have agreed to sign six of their top ten selections, though top pick Deck McGuire remains unsigned.

The Blue Jays won’t likely announce their agreement with Thon until August 16th or so, the deadline for signing draft picks. Otherwise, other draftees would be able to use Thon’s above-slot bonus as leverage. A $1.5MM bonus is mid-first-round money; no fifth-round pick signed for more than $680K last year, according to Baseball America.

The Blue Jays also signed 16-year-old third baseman Gabriel Cenas today. Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the Jays signed the Venezuelan for $700K. The Blue Jays obtained Cenas through free agency (not through the draft), but both moves show that the club is spending aggressively on young players under GM Alex Anthopoulos. The Blue Jays reportedly signed Venezuelan righty Adonis Cardona soon after the July signing period opened.

Be sure to check out our complete list of top draft picks to sign.


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22 Comments on "Jays To Sign Thon For $1.5MM, Cenas For $700K"


Roll Fizzlebeef
5 years 1 month ago

Sometimes, jokes just write themselves. Other times, they’re born into the world. I believe this person’s name to be a mixture of both.

Bob George
5 years 1 month ago

He’s the son of former 1980’s big leaguer Dickie Thon, who was an all-star SS for the Astros until he was beaned in the eye and lost vision.

5 years 1 month ago

Well done, sirs, Well done.

TheBunk
5 years 1 month ago

Such a great time to be a Blue Jays fan, regardless of what’s happening with the parent club.

jhawk90
5 years 1 month ago

Isn’t Thon like 54 years old?

5 years 1 month ago

Glad to see people rememberin good old Thon, this guy, however, is the son of former major leaguer Dickie Thon (was hit by a Mike Torres in the eye and his career pretty much went downside after that, kind of like when Kirby Puckett was hit in the eye).

5 years 1 month ago

Glad to see people rememberin good old Thon, this guy, however, is the son of former major leaguer Dickie Thon (was hit by a Mike Torres in the eye and his career pretty much went downside after that, kind of like when Kirby Puckett was hit in the eye).

jwredsox
5 years 1 month ago

I like his name.

schellis
5 years 1 month ago

Jamie Moyer is around that age and it hasn’t stopped him

WrongVerb
5 years 1 month ago

Why was Thon committed to Jim Rice?

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

AA is really busting his ass and being really aggressive signing the draftees and international FA.

Keep it coming AA!

baseballz
5 years 1 month ago

Wow, i complained AA hadn’t signed Thon and Bryant yet yesterday and AA goes and makes me look the fool. Well, time to sign Bryant and why not Marlowe, common AA get er done.

baseballz
5 years 1 month ago

Wow, i complained AA hadn’t signed Thon and Bryant yet yesterday and AA goes and makes me look the fool. Well, time to sign Bryant and why not Marlowe, common AA get er done.

Dev0
5 years 1 month ago

should be interesting to see BA’s prospect lists by team as in who has the strongest farm systems. Jays for the last so many years have been in the 20+ range I think we’ll be top 10 maybe even top 5 when the next reports come out.

5 years 1 month ago

To get into the top 5, the Jays will have to get some good returns on their trade chips as well as continue to see good performances from the players in Dunedin and NH (ex. Stewart, Drabek, and co.). it will also make a big difference whether Wallace and Arencibia get counted as part of the “farm” or part of the major league club.

Dev0
5 years 1 month ago

should be interesting to see BA’s prospect lists by team as in who has the strongest farm systems. Jays for the last so many years have been in the 20+ range I think we’ll be top 10 maybe even top 5 when the next reports come out.

5 years 1 month ago

This kid is a player…if he would have headed off to Rice he would have become a 1st round pick in two years. Rice is no joke and he was going to step right in and contribute immediately.

iains
5 years 1 month ago

I’m not sure what your point is here. he’s being paid mid first round money, so that’s not a reason. That’s two years where he could tank for any number of reasons (beaned like his old man?)and lose the opportunity to get that 1st rounder type paycheck. Going to Rice would not improve his situation in any way, other than an opportunity to get a free education (which I assume is still part of his deal).

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

There is only one Dickey. and his name is REALLY AWESOME DICKEY.

HerbertAnchovy
5 years 1 month ago

Nice move by AA again. It’s nice to have a GM that actually knows how to build a team, unlike JP Riccardi.

5 years 1 month ago

Snider, Marcum, Hill, Lind, Litsch, Rzepczynski, Cecil, Romero, R Diaz (who he traded for Bautista). AA has done a great job so far, but it’s not like JP left the cupboard bare.

(I realize that you could have been sarcastic there, and if so I apologize.)

buduardo
5 years 1 month ago

Any word on the status of the finalization of the contract between Carlos Matias and the St. Louis Cardinals?