Oklahoma State left-hander Andrew Heaney is one of six unsigned first-round picks with less than 30 hours to go until tomorrow’s deadline, and Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Marlins have told the No. 9 overall selection they won’t be signing him.
According to Callis the Marlins have yet to offer anywhere close to the recommended $2.8 million bonus for that slot, but he adds that they’re “known for hardline negotiating” and “I can’t really see them walking away from the No. 9 overall pick.”
Of course, if they don’t sign Heaney the Marlins would get the No. 10 overall pick in next year’s draft as compensation, which would make walking away a little easier. They have until 5:00 p.m. eastern time tomorrow to figure it out.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.