Marlins Enter Last Day Before Signing Deadline QuitelyBy
While talks between the Fish and 1st rounder Jose Fernandez have apparently gone swimmingly, aggreeing to a contract is the next step as 12:00 AM marks as the signing deadline for all unsigned 2011 draft picks. Neither the Marlins or Fernandez have shown any signs of a potential agreement as of yet, but most first round deals aren’t announced or even agreed upon until the very last minute. According to Juan C. Rodriguez, our good buddy from the Florida Sun Sentinel the Marlins have offered Fernandez a $1.6MM signing bonus. While under slot, it’s hard to see Fernandez rejecting that.
Jose Fernandez embraces quite an interesting and heartfelt story. He was a Cuban defector and only recently made his way to the U.S. And now he’s a 1st rounder in the Major League Baseball June Draft. That’s definitely something. In any case, he isn’t the only Marlins draftee who’s yet to sign. Others include Connor Barron, a high school shortstop and Joshua Palmer, a second-baseman. All in all, 22 of the Marlins 50 June selections have yet to sign. And if you ask me, I’ll say less than 10 of them sign tonight. Especially considering a majority of the 22 are from the 30th-50th rounds and aren’t likely considered as impact players.