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.

Royals pay tribute to late Yordano Ventura during spring training opener

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 12: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on August 12, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Royals honored former pitcher Yordano Ventura prior to their first Cactus League game against the Rangers on Saturday. Ventura was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic in late January.

Rangers’ third baseman Adrian Beltre and center fielder Carlos Gomez paid their respects to the pitcher with a floral arrangement that was laid on the mound. Both teams stood along the foul lines during a pregame video tribute that highlighted Ventura’s tenure with Kansas City. Following the game, Gomez spoke to the media about his relationship with Ventura, describing their frequent conversations during the season and commending the pitcher for having “the same passion that I had early in my career” (via WFAA.com’s Levi Weaver).

A plaque dedicated to the 25-year-old was also presented to club manager Ned Yost as a more permanent commemoration of Ventura’s contributions to the sport. Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star reports that the plaque will be mounted in the club’s spring training facilities alongside tributes to members of the Royals’ 2014 and 2015 playoff teams.

The full text of the plaque is below, via MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan:

A brother and a teammate, Yordano Ventura, passed away on the morning of January 22 in his native Dominican Republic, at the age of 25. He signed with the Royals as a 17-year-old, eventually making the big league team in 2013 as a 22-year-old. On most days, he could be found laughing and joking with his baseball family in the clubhouse. However, on days when he pitched, that smile was replaced by a quiet confidence and an intense fire, which he brought to the mound for every start. He had many highlights in his abbreviated career, not the least of which was throwing eight shutout innings in Game #6 of the 2014 World Series to force a Game #7 vs. San Francisco.

Gerrit Cole named Pirates’ Opening Day starter

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photograph during MLB spring training photo day on February 19, 2017 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Right-hander Gerrit Cole is set to take the mound for the Pirates on Opening Day, according to a team announcement on Saturday. It’s a spot that was most recently occupied by former Pirate Francisco Liriano, who made three consecutive Opening Day starts for the club before getting dealt to the Blue Jays last August.

The 26-year-old produced career-worst numbers during his fourth run with the Pirates in 2016, due in large part to bouts of inflammation in his right elbow. He finished the year with a 3.88 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 over 116 innings before getting shut down in September to avoid further injury to his elbow. When healthy, however, Cole has been lights-out for the Pirates. Prior to his injury-laden campaign last year, he touted a career 3.07 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 8.5 SO/9 and cumulative 10.2 fWAR from 2013 through 2015.

Cole will go toe-to-toe with the Red Sox during Boston’s home opener on Monday, April 3. Right-hander Jameson Taillon is scheduled to make the second start of the year, while fellow righty Ivan Nova will cover the Pirates’ home opener against the Braves on April 7. The Pirates’ third and fifth starters have yet to be announced.