Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos spoke with Tim Micalef yesterday afternoon, and while the conversation began with talk of Kyle Drabek’s recent demotion, the focus quickly shifted to the recent MLB draft. I feel the interview is a good companion piece to my summary of what the 2011 draft tells us about the Blue Jays moving forward.

You can listen right here: 

While we’re on the subject of the draft it should be noted that both Kevin Goldstein and Keith Law have recently tweeted about the likelihood of the Jays signing their top pick Tyler Beede:

According to Law, the Vanderbilt committed player is expected to sign for around $3 million, more than doubling the $1.3 million slotted for a 21st pick overall. Meanwhile, Goldstein tells us he’s heard rumours that the Blue Jays had actually worked out a pre-draft deal to sign Beede if he fell to them in the first round. He points out that such agreements, while technically against the rules, happen a lot.

Of course, teams that sign draft picks to bonuses over slot are usually hesitant to announce their agreements until just before the deadline, as it would allow other unsigned prospects across the league to use the dollar figures to create additional negotiation leverage.

Comments (7)

  1. Law said he heard the same thing before the draft re: draft deal with Beede, but did not want to cause an MLB investigation.

  2. Mr. Goldstein is going to lose friends in the baseball world really fast by saying such things….

    The baseball draft rules are pretty stupid, but there are unspoken rules, and Mr. Goldstein is fucking around with those…

    • I’m sure he knows what he’s doing, and if he mentioned it in a tweet, it was probably already common knowledge enough in the industry for MLB to have taken notice.

  3. It’s not like the Yankees and Red Sox don’t have pre-draft deals with many of their high-profile, over slot picks before they select thm.

  4. Wasn’t there a thing in Moneyball about a draft deal with Guthrie/Indians? That was in a bestseller and there still weren’t any repercussions for Cleveland.

  5. Goldstein is just saying what is already known. Last year, the Padres had a pre-draft deal arranged with Karsten Whitson. Whitson reneged and Jed Hoyer told him to enjoy college. It bites both ways, but is pretty common as far as these things go. I would hazard at saying that most first round picks have either been consistent in their demands, or have gentlemanly agreed to some form of expected compensation for signing. Guys perceived as tough-signs who get picked later on (ie. Daniel Norris) are less likely to have been straight-forward about their demands.

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