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.