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The Yankees sign first round pick Cito Culver

Jun 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

The Yankees agreed to terms with their first round pick and would-be-shortstop-of-the-future Cito Culver. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $940,000, which is reportedly the Bud Selig-recommended slot.

Why are the Yankees suddenly paying slot?  A couple of reasons. The main one is that the 17-year-old Culver wasn’t
projected as a first-round pick by many scouts and he’d probably accept whatever you threw at him.

If that doesn’t explain it all this might: right after the draft Culver went to his high school prom in a white tux with Yankees-blue pinstripes.  I’m guessing after that show of enthusiasm Brian Cashman knew that Culver had no intention of taking that scholarship
from the University of Maryland and thus not much in the way of negotiation leverage. Never let them know what you’re thinking, Cito.

In other news, the current Yankees shortstop is old enough to be Culver’s father.

  1. Jonny5 - Jun 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    They signed Eric Bruntlett too. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/06/yankees-sign-eric-bruntlett.html

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jun 18, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Give the kid a break, he can’t contain himself with the thought of potentially replacing (genuflect) Derek Jeter, and the Yanks are big tippers. Kind of like DeNiro stuffing the C-note in Henry Hill’s pocket.

  3. JBerardi - Jun 18, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    “In other news, the current Yankees shortstop is old enough to be Culver’s father.”

    If Jeter was his father, that might actually explain why the Yankees drafted him…

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