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Padres sign No. 7 pick Max Fried for $3 million

Jun 15, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

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San Diego and No. 7 overall pick Max Fried have agreed to a $3 million deal that’s the exact slot amount for the pick.

Fried, a high school left-hander from California, ranked seventh on Baseball America‘s list of the top players in the class and ESPN.com rated him fifth, behind only Byron Buxon, Carlos Correa, Kevin Gausman, and Mark Appel.

He was the first high school pitcher chosen, although a healthy Lucas Giolito may have changed that.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    At $3 million, he maxed out the bonus. What took him so long to sign?

    • samu0034 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Maybe it took that long for the Padres to go to the maximum amount.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

        Since his name is Max, it should have been obvious that he would get The Max.

  2. windycity0301 - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    The picks before and after Fried are both Boras clients, Appel and Almora. All the picks around them are going for slotted money or below. (unless I’ve missed something).

    What possible argument can he be making in the negotiations? “They’re my clients. Because I’m the epitome of a perfect agent and have great hair, my clients deserve more than the slotted figure, unlike these picks around them?”

    • gloccamorra - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      The guy who compared Oliver Perez to Sandy Koufax will think of something.

  3. samu0034 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Much as I like that the new system has guys signing earlier, and therefore have the chance to start playing in the same year they’re drafted, I can’t help but think the only people this is really helping are the owners.

  4. imaginesuperbowlwin - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Max fried what?

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