Marlins, Heaney Not Expected To Reach Deal

The Marlins have informed first round draft choice Andrew Heaney that they won't sign him, Jim Callis of Baseball America reports (Twitterlinks). The Marlins have yet to offer close to the recommended bonus of $2.8MM, Callis adds. The Marlins offered just $2.6MM and won’t sign Heaney, Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel reports.

The Marlins selected the Oklahoma State left-hander with the ninth overall pick in last month's draft. The sides have until tomorrow at 4pm CDT to agree to terms. Heaney entered the draft as the best college southpaw available, according to Baseball America. He's presently one of six unsigned first round selections. However, Callis can't see the Marlins walking away from such a high pick.


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41 Comments on "Marlins, Heaney Not Expected To Reach Deal"


Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Wow….thats a terrible move.  How do you not sign your first round pick?  I assume he re-enters the draft next year?

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YoungWerther
2 years 11 months ago

You do realize there is a new CBA right?

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

 Yah, but he is a Lefty with projectable stuff. To me he is a must sign.  I understand they are trying to negotiate, but wow.  Most of the teams are going to the 5% area to sign picks.  You do what you have to do to sign your picks without losing a draft pick

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LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

Agreed, and it isn’t a low pick, he is 9th overall, and college player, he would be in the majors in a couple years probably.

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rsanchez1
2 years 11 months ago

He would have been ready by the time Mark Buehrle’s contract ends. Marlins are really dropping the ball here.

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rsanchez1
2 years 11 months ago

It looks to me like Jeffrey Loria gamed the new CBA, just like he gamed the City of Miami to pay most of the price of the new stadium.

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johnsilver
2 years 11 months ago

 To be honest.. The local politicians “gamed” the system and how many have been indicted so far, under scrutiny still from the Mayor on down?

That stadium was a huge mistake from the very start.

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Joshua Pimental
2 years 11 months ago

I believe so. He’ll be a senior eligible for the draft.

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EightMileCats
2 years 11 months ago

So… They’re willing to shell out massive contracts to Reyes, Buehrle, and Bell. And make a sizable offer to Albert…
But can’t throw 2.8 mil at the best lhp in the draft?

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YoungWerther
2 years 11 months ago

Again new CBA it’s not hard to understand. 

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BaseballWizard
2 years 11 months ago

You now have flippantly posted that twice.  The Marlins have two players left to sign and could sign them both to slot deals and still have $100k+ left over.  That doesn’t even count the 5% overage before they lose a pick.

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sharenski
2 years 11 months ago

You clearly don’t understand the new CBA.

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2 years 11 months ago

 They can give him $3,162,755 without losing a pick.  Granted their 3rd rounder would have to sign at or under the slot bonus.  I’m sure this is a negotiation tactic to try to get him to sign for under slot, but you have to sign him.  Instead of telling people they dont understand, why not explain so that we all gain some more knowledge?

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aricollins
2 years 11 months ago

Everything he said is correct under the new CBA. Is there a relevant point you think he’s missing? That perhaps you’d like to share?

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baseballz
2 years 11 months ago

Obviously he’s just trolling, but Heaney was a huge overdraft; best college lefty really doesn’t mean much when you/or I can’t even think of the second best college lefty (Alex Wood?) who was a second round pick.

Marlins will keep a top pick spot for next year (10th) and have the luxury of having the slot money from their actual first round pick to pick a guy with signability issues, like a Mark Appel who would be available next year or even a Kevin Gausman. James Ramsay showed a College senior can still get paid and with the two allotments a guy like Appel could as well next year.

Draft strategies for this year will not work the same next year due to smaller compensation rounds, so why not Shane Loux your pick this year and pick up an Archie Bradley type next year.

Again I don’t know what this dudes refering to, but this is my interpretation. Heaney was just a huge overdraft and if he wouldn’t accept 2.6 mil then he’s a foo and the Marlins are better off with what may turn out to be a very good top ten next year depending on who doesn’t sign this year.

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Joshua Pimental
2 years 11 months ago

I disagree on him being a “huge” overdraft. He would’ve been gone by pick 20 at the latest, with several teams like the Reds and Indians also looking into him. So maybe he was drafted about 5 spots too high. Not “huge” imo

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

I think you don’t. 

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Ohhhplease
2 years 11 months ago

Again, your statements are non-sensical….stop being a delta bravo and explain what that has to do with anything.

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natural_light
2 years 11 months ago

They should have offered slot money as a rule of not wasting such a high pick and 1 years time.

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rsanchez1
2 years 11 months ago

Just like with any CBA, the current CBA benefits players who have been playing longest and, of course, the union (MLBPA). They don’t care about the new guys as long as they make their own millions.

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BaseballWizard
2 years 11 months ago

These reports of players not signing mean next to nothing until the deadline passes.  Both players and teams play leverage games.  It’s not worth overreacting at this point…

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rsanchez1
2 years 11 months ago

When you consider that the Marlins have a policy of requiring a physical and full bloodwork before signing a player, not signing him today makes it extremely unlikely he will get signed by the deadline tomorrow.

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BaseballWizard
2 years 11 months ago

Most teams won’t sign contracts without physicals.  Some teams will get a physical done relatively early on in the process with potential tough signs so that the timing isn’t an issue come deadline time.  I don’t know whether that is the case here or not, however.

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ratmoss
2 years 11 months ago

Wasn’t this draft generally considered to be the top 8 players and then “everyone else”?  As such, I would think the slot money for the 9th pick would represent a tremendous overpay.  I think the Marlins are playing a little hardball here.  Even if they’re offering half of slot, how does a 20 year old kid turn down 1.4M?

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LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

I know, and if he gets injured before next year, he loses it all.  Also next year’s draft is stronger, so he probably won’t get anymore money.

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aricollins
2 years 11 months ago

Next year’s draft doesn’t look to be any stronger.

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2 years 11 months ago

Exactly. Just like slot is way undervalue for some players (McCullers/Giolito/Appel) it can be be overslot for others. 

I’m surprised he wouldn’t take $2.6m. That’s about par for that area of the draft considering he’s not top-8 talent.