Breaking News: Miami Marlins sign No. 9 pick Andrew Heaney for $2.6 millionBy
Apparently all those rumors yesterday that the Miami Marlins and their top pick Andrew Heaney were done negotiating were false, as the two sides has come to terms on an agreement, for the $2.6 million the Marlins were offering.
I guess all the criticism that the Marlins met yesterday for being dumb and cheap for taking a hardball stance need to be renounced. But as you know with Marlins fans and baseball fans in general, people only remember the bad the Marlins front office does.
Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that they’ve agreed to a $2.6 million bonus. The left hander out of Oklahoma State will be a quick riser in the Marlins minor league system and should be ready to be a full-time starter sometime in 2014. Heaney projects as a 3/4 rotation pitcher. Heaney never had any leverage in the negotiations and probably realized that any injury or struggle he faced in 2012 without an MLB contract would hurt the amount of money he could potentially get next season.
The Marlins hardball stance, which saved them $200,000, will help them get their third round pick, Avery Romero. Romero, was committed to the University of Florida, but Joe Frisaro expects the two sides to agree to a bonus of at least $700,000.