Draft deadline wrapup: Padres' fail to sign Karsten Whitson

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The negotiations are done, the numbers are in and Scott Boras’ wallet just got that much fatter: the deadline for 2010 draft picks to sign and all but three first-round picks inked contracts.
We already knew that the Diamondbacks wouldn’t be signing sixth-overall pick Barret Loux, who failed a physical last month and will apparently turn to indy ball before getting another chance next year. Also failing to get deals done Monday were the Padres and ninth pick Karsten Whitson and the Brewers and 14th pick Dylan Covey.
Covey was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes recently and decided he wanted to stay close to home. He’ll attend the University of San Diego. Whitson is expected to head to the University of Florida.
As a result, the Diamondbacks, Padres and Brewers will all receive first-round picks next year one slot down from where they picked this year. The Diamondbacks will get pick 6b (No. 7 overall), the Padres 9b (No. 11 overall) and the Brewers 14b (No. 17 overall).
The top three picks in the draft all inked deals just prior to the midnight deadline. No. 1 pick Bryce Harper got a $9.9 million major league deal from the Nationals, a new record for a position player. The No. 2 pick, right-hander Jameson Taillon, is believed to have gotten about $6 million from the Pirates. The third pick, shortstop Manny Machado received about $5.25 million from Baltimore.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, though there were indications throughout the afternoon and evening that it was going to happen, was that the Dodgers signed right-hander Zach Lee. Many believed the Dodgers, because of their financial problems, made the choice to take a tough sign at the end of round one so that they wouldn’t have to spend much money in the draft. Instead, they came up big with a rumored $5.25 million to lure Lee away from LSU, where he was a highly regarded quarterback recruit.
Some other notables:
– The Cardinals inked draft-eligible sophomore Zack Cox. Some thought the third baseman would go to the Mets at No. 7, but he fell to the Cardinals at No. 25 because of his bonus demands. He received a $3.2 million bonus.
The Tigers signed supplemental first-round pick Nick Castellanos for $3.45 million, the highest amount ever given to a non-first-round selection.
– LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo inked a $2.55 million deal with the Red Sox. Considered a likely top-10 pick entering the college season, he had some arm woes during a disappointing campaign. However, after being drafted 39th overall, he showed that he was all of the way back by dominated Cape Cod League talent, earning him a bonus in line with what he would have received as a top-10 pick.

Marlins have begun extension talks with Dee Gordon

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote three weeks ago that the Marlins were probably going to explore an extension this winter with second baseman Dee Gordon. And it sounds like those talks are underway.

Via beat writer Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:

As a guest on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” show Wednesday morning, Gordon confirmed his camp has been in talks with the Marlins regarding a multiyear deal. A source told MLB.com that the discussions are preliminary and have just recently started.

“My agent is doing the talking,” Gordon said on the show. “They’re just keeping me in the loop. I think it’s going pretty well right now. We’ll see how that goes. I’m just playing the waiting game. We’re going to do the right thing.”

The 27-year-old carries three more seasons of salary arbitration, so there’s no real rush to get something done before next spring. Gordon carries quite a bit of leverage after posting a career-best .333/.359/.418 slash line in 145 games this past season for the Fish. He led all major leaguers in hits (205) and stolen bases (58).

Braves sign Bud Norris to one-year contract

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Bud Norris has found a home for his attempt at a bounceback season, signing a one-year deal with the Braves. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says it’s worth $2.5 million, which is a huge cut from his $8.8 million salary this year.

Norris had established himself as a solid mid-rotation starter from 2009-2014, but had a brutal 2015 season split between the Orioles and Padres with a 6.72 ERA in 83 innings and a late-season move to the bullpen.

In announcing the signing the Braves referred to Norris as a starting pitcher, so joining the rotation for a rebuilding team gives him a chance to get his career back on track with an eye on hitting the open market as a free agent again next offseason. And if he fares well, the Braves could use him to add a prospect or two at the trade deadline.

The Cubs acquire Rex Brothers from the Rockies

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The number of people who, if you held a gun to their head, would say that “Rex Brothers” was a game show host and/or local TV news personality from the late 1970s or early 80s is not insignificant. But if you’re a Rockies fan or if spend all day thinking about baseball you know that he’s a reliever who has played in Colorado for the past five years. Now you know him as a reliever for the Cubs:

Brothers — a former Best Shape of His Life All-Star — was pretty good until he hit a brick wall in 2014 and spent most of 2015 in Triple-A. He had something of a bounceback after being called up when rosters expanded in September, but that’s not the sort of thing to excite anyone. He could be useful for the Cubs or just spring training cannon fodder and organizational depth.

Cabrera just turned 18 a couple of weeks ago and pitched a grand total of 14 games in the Dominican Summer League. He’s young and was a $250,000 signee from the Dominican as a 16-year-old so, by definition, he’s a project. Worth giving up Rex Brothers for him if you’re the Rockies, worth risking for some depth in the pen if you’re the Cubs.

Diamondbacks hire Dave Magadan as hitting coach

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Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks’ new hitting coach is Dave Magadan, who “parted ways” with the Rangers last month after three years filling the same role in Texas.

Magadan also previously was the Red Sox’s hitting coach and his teams have generally done pretty well, including the Rangers scoring the third-most runs in the league this year.

He’ll have plenty of talent to work with in Arizona, as the Diamondbacks scored the second-most runs in the league led by Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, and David Peralta. Turner Ward, who had been Arizona’s hitting coach, chose to leave the team two weeks ago.