The Blue Jays agreed to sign first-round pick Deck McGuire for $2MM, according to Kendall Rogers of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Toronto scouting director Andrew Tinnish used the first of his high picks on the 6’6” Virginia native when the Blue Jays selected the Georgia Tech righty 11th overall. Last year, MLB recommended a $1.863MM bonus for the 11th-overall selection.
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Being a huge Jays fan, I am really excited about Deck McGuire and all of the other Jays draftees. Sam Dyson still hasn’t signed but we just signed Murphy and these young Pitchers are really impressive.
yeah looks like the jays minor league system is going to be stacked like tampa with pitching soon
Is Murphy signing official or are we not signing him?
Good that they signed Mcguire.
I would of preferred 12th overall pick next year…
With a lot less leverage
It’s nice to see that they got it done, but I question the process of drawing the negotiations out until the last possible second just to sign him for $137,000 over the recommended slot bonus. You lose three months of development time for your number one overall pick in exchange for saving a small amount of cash?
I don’t have the inside knowledge regarding the nature of negotiations with recently drafted players (let alone the McGuire negotiations specifically) necessary to say that the Jays made a real error in this case, but it certainly doesn’t seem like an ideal outcome.
Glad that they got their man though. 🙂
i think it was probably delayed from mcguire side as well in case the guys drafted around him started to get deals that were way over slot he didnt want to sign to early and miss out
Its tough to blame the jays for the deadline signing. it was more likely that deck’s agent wanted more of the other players to sign in order to get a better read of the market.. If the top 10 were all commanding 3+ million, then perhaps deck demands 2.5-2.75.. but the market outside the top 5 was pretty realistic so they ended up settlying for a slightly over slot deal
It’s not so much that I blame them. As I noted in my first comment I don’t know enough about the negotiation process to really say that it’s their fault that the signing happened at the deadline as opposed to earlier. I also think that your theory makes a lot of sense, especially in light of the result.
I just think it’s unfortunate that they didn’t McGuire earlier given how close to slot he wound up signing for. It would be one thing if he’d required a significantly above-slot bonus to sign or the Jays managed to sign him for a lot less than slot, but $2M sounds like the kind of figure that could have been agreed upon rather quickly so that McGuire could start his development as quickly as possible. Heck, that two and a half months of development time has a tangible value to the Jays so offering him more than that to sign early would be very defensible.
It’s not their fault, it’s just a less than ideal end result. That’s all.
let see if you sign him early or now doesn’t really matter cuz jays probably shut him down because of too many innings pitched, since he had regular season + playoffs.
wow that was just pathetic. it also says a lot about yourself that you can’t rebuttle your points without using slanderous, immature words.
You deserve to get banned on this site.
For the record, that would have been the 14th pick with the failed signings of Whitson and Loux.