Blue Jays Sign Davis, Nay, Gonzales

9:30pm: Callis tweets that Gonzales received a $750K bonus — $107,200 below the recommended slot bonus of $857,200.

3:12pm: The Blue Jays announced that they signed first round draft pick D.J. Davis. The team also announced the signing of supplementary first round selections Mitchell Nay and Tyler Gonzales. Davis obtained a $1.75MM bonus, Jim Callis of Baseball America reports (Twitter links). Nay obtained a bonus of $1MM, Callis reports.

The Blue Jays chose Davis, a high school outfielder, with the 17th overall selection. They chose Nay, a high school third baseman, with the 58th overall selection as compensation for losing Jon Rauch then, two picks later, chose Gonzales, a high school right-hander, as compensation for losing Jose Molina.

MLB recommends a bonus of $2MM for the 17th overall selection, and recommends bonuses of $884K and $857K for the 58th and 60th selections, respectively. The Blue Jays have now signed 22 of their 44 selections plus seven non-drafted free agents.


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13 Comments on "Blue Jays Sign Davis, Nay, Gonzales"


Will Dowkes
3 years 2 months ago

Awesome except no sources given and was not updated on Jays site, the star, Baseball America so I am curious for how much all signed for.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

Sometimes takes time for higher ranked ones and have noticed before on lower ranked (on Soxprospects site) that they never bother posting it at all.

Imagine they will attempt to sign as many cheaper (IE: College Seniors) players as they can to get the impact guys, much like Boston is doing though.

Am also curious how long many of the college Seniors even play in either system..

cmock
3 years 2 months ago

Kudos to the jays for working the system, but how in god’s name are Jon Raunch and Jose Molina worth a supplementry pick? A back up catcher and Journyman relief pitcher really shouldn’t be compensated for.

BooJays33
3 years 2 months ago

i think thats part of why the figured the old system needed changing..as a jays fan i wished they left it alone.    in 7 years we could have officially change our name to the toronto 1st rd. comp picks.

johnsmith4
3 years 2 months ago

Elias has a ranking system based on the player’s past two years of performance.  If you qualified Type A (Top 20% at their position) players (free agents) you received the signing teams highest available pick (typically a 1st) and a 1st round supplemental pick.  Type B (ranked 21% to 40% at their position) players garnered 1st round supplemental picks.

While rebuilding, AA would “fill out” the lineup with free agents who most likely would garner Type B compensation regardless of how they performed.  As a result, the new CBA addressed this type of “gaming” of the system.

3 years 2 months ago

Looks like they said Yay to Nay

NickinIthaca
3 years 2 months ago

It seems like a lot of players are signing for just about slot (+- slightly) this year. It seems like Selig’s initiative has been successful in this short sample size. I’ll look forward to the MLBTR teams analysis.

NickinIthaca
3 years 2 months ago

It seems I should have used the phrase “it seems” at least one more time in that last comment.

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

well teams are spending less, players are making less and owners are pocketing more.. just as selig chalked it up

NickinIthaca
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah, I guess I’m more surprised that more players arent holding back from signing, or at least pushing it to the last minute. I just don’t remember this many 1st round and supplemental picks signing this far before the deadline the last few years. Is it the weak draft class, so they’re more willing to sign? Are the new limits actually effective, or have teams just not found the proper loopholes? As much as I hate to say it Selig’s moves have worked out. It doesn’t seem many picks are turning down baseball for other sports and they appear to be signing quicker than usual (maybe to prove their worth and get to the big pay day quicker?).

3 years 2 months ago

I think the big reason players are signing right away this year is that they will play right away.  Under the old system, a player that signed at the deadline wouldn’t start their career until the following season (and thus not be required to be put on the 40 man for an extra year).  With the new signing deadline they’d play no matter what, so they may as well get as much development as possible.

3 years 2 months ago

 also the system was made to have guys sign earlier due to the fact they could not negotiate out of the box. still selig knows how to make owners more money.

3 years 2 months ago

We still have to see the Appel rolls