Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have agreed to terms with their first-round selection from last week’s 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, University of New Mexico infielder D.J. Peterson.
No word yet on the financial terms of the deal.
Peterson, 21, batted .408/.520/.807 with 18 homers and 72 RBI in 55 games this season for the Lobos while playing primarily at third base. He’s the highest draft pick in the UNM baseball program’s history.
Kyle Davis of Lookout Landing published a pretty enlightening writeup about the kid last week.
UPDATE, 8:15 PM ET: Jim Callis of Baseball America says Peterson received a $2.759 million signing bonus from the M’s. That was the exact recommended figure for the No. 12 spot in this year’s draft.
Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera deservingly became the first player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame unanimously, receiving votes from all 425 writers who submitted ballots. Previously, the closest players to unanimous induction were Ken Griffey, Jr. (99.32% in 2016), Tom Seaver (98.84% in 1992), Nolan Ryan (98.79% in 1999), Cal Ripken, Jr. (98.53%), Ty Cobb (98.23% in 1936), and George Brett (98.19% in 1999).
Because so many greats were not enshrined in Cooperstown unanimously, many voters in the past argued against other players getting inducted unanimously, withholding their votes for otherwise deserving players. That Griffey — both one of the greatest outfielders of all time and one of the most popular players of all time — wasn’t voted in unanimously in 2016, for example, seemed to signal that no player ever would. Now that Rivera has been, this tired argument about voting unanimity can be laid to rest.
Derek Jeter will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time next year. He may become the second player ever to be elected unanimously. David Ortiz appears on the 2022 ballot and could be No. 3. Now that Rivera has broken through, these are possibilities whereas before they might not have been.
Another tired argument around Hall of Fame voting concerns whether or not a player is a “first ballot” Hall of Famer. Some voters think getting enshrined in a player’s first year of eligibility is a greater honor than getting in any subsequent year. I’m not sure what it will take to get rid of this argument — other than the electorate getting younger and more open-minded — but at least we have made progress on at least one bad Hall of Fame take.