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Mariners close to signing No. 3 overall pick Mike Zunino

Jun 26, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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No. 1 pick Carlos Correa and No. 2 pick Byron Buxton signed almost immediately and are both already playing in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are close to coming to terms with No. 3 pick Mike Zunino.

Last week Zunino was named Baseball America‘s college player of the year and the University of Florida catcher was unable to sign until the Gators were eliminated from the College World Series, so the delay is nothing out of the ordinary and, like most picks, he’ll be under contract long before he would’ve been under the old collective bargaining agreement.

Slot value for the No. 3 pick is $5.2 million, so it’ll be interesting to see if Zunino can get that full amount after both Correa and Buxton took below-slot deals from the Astros and Twins.

  1. tubbman27 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Stockpile enough catchers and one has to stick, right Seattle? This guy looks like the real blue chip of the group.

  2. shawnuel - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Seattle can’t sign Zunino for more than about $4 million without incurring some stiff penalties.

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