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.

Orioles are eying Welington Castillo as their primary catcher target

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 25: Welington Castillo #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up prior to taking an at bat against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
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A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.

Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.

For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.

Report: Phillies agree to minor league deal with Daniel Nava

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Daniel Nava #12 of the Kansas City Royals bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.

Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.