Draft Pick Signing Deadline Is Tonight

The draft pick signing deadline is upon us, at 11pm central time tonight.  Baseball America's Jim Callis explains what to expect, with 98 of the first 331 picks still unsigned.  Several records figure to be broken, as most remaining players will sign on deadline day.  MLB Network's Peter Gammons says on Twitter that teams are trying to use the possibility of slotting becoming part of the next collective bargaining agreement as leverage, while advisors counter by saying the players union won't accept slotting and 2012 has an inferior draft class.  One more good read comes from former Nationals GM Jim Bowden at ESPN, as Bowden dissects the differences among negotiations for Ryan Zimmerman, Aaron Crow, and Danny Espinosa.

Baseball America, Keith Law, Kevin Goldstein, and others will be breaking news of signings throughout the day, and we'll cover it all here at MLB Trade Rumors.  Click here for our updated list of first and supplemental round picks to sign; this post covers the first 60 picks overall. Today each of the remaining 23 first-rounders will receive a post.  Additionally, the ten remaining supplemental round picks will have their statuses updated in one post.  Finally, we'll have two more constantly-updated posts noting over-slot signings the American and National Leagues.  If you'd like to know instantly any time we update a post, follow us on Twitter.

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