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Blue Jays sign first-rounder Marcus Stroman for $1.8 million

Jul 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays have agreed to a $1.8 million deal that’s the exact slot amount for the No. 22 overall pick, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America.

Baseball America ranked Stroman as the 10th-best player in the draft and ESPN.com rated him 17th, and he’s a very intriguing prospect because his mid-90s fastball comes from a 5-foot-9, 185-pound frame.

He started at Duke and put up huge strikeout totals, but the Blue Jays may be tempted to move him to the bullpen and if that happens Stroman could reach the majors in a hurry.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    I assume that he initially wanted more than slot, but the Jays refused to budge as Stroman did not have much leverage. The Jays had 7 high upside picks in the first 3 rounds including several with signability problems. They had to pay above slot to get those guys. They drafted college seniors in rounds 4 to 10 and paid them small bonuses. The bonus money saved by paying them less than slot enabled the Jays to pay up for the highly rated prospects.

    I wonder if any of the Boras clients have signed yet? His history of demanding a lot of money, clashes greatly with the new CBA.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      the bluegays have been signing draft picks forever and look at what it has done for them? NO PLAYOFFS since 1993!!! Clearly this is a team with no direction and will not be in competition ni the AL east anytime soon. Please send them to the same place as the expos

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Marcus Stroman? Any way related to Abe Froman? The Saussage King of Chicago?

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    But but but, that one guy in the draft recap told us that we’d never hear about these guys ever again? My whole world has been shattered…

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