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Marlins sign No. 9 pick Andrew Heaney for $2.6 million

Jul 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Andrew Heaney AP

All those reports about the Marlins taking a hardline stance in negotiations with No. 9 overall pick Andrew Heaney and telling the Oklahoma State left-hander that they wouldn’t be signing him … and Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that they’ve agreed to a $2.6 million bonus.

That means the Marlins did manage to save $200,000 compared to the pick’s slot value of $2.8 million.

Heaney could have returned to college for his senior season, but that was the extent of his leverage whereas Miami would have gotten the No. 10 pick next year if he didn’t sign. So the Marlins accomplished their goal of saving half of the MLB minimum salary.

Congrats on being really good at being cheap, I guess?

  1. ajcardsfan - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Glad to see he didn’t royally f***ed over by the Marlins.

  2. ptfu - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Pitch well, Andrew, and you’ll easily earn back that $200K in arbitration and later contracts.

    • Jeremy Fox - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Um, how much he earns in future arbitration and contracts has nothing to do with his signing bonus. He’ll now earn $200,000 less over the course of his career than he would have if he signed for $2.8 million. I mean, sure, if he pitches well, he’ll earn much more than $2.8 million over the course of his career–but that’s true even if he’d signed for nothing, or even paid a team to give him a chance.

      I’m not saying anyone should shed any tears for him. But history says he’s unlikely to make it big in the Show; even high draft picks often fail to pan out. So of course he’s going to try to get as much as he can in his one guaranteed payday. Which is much less than he could once have expected to get, because the new system gives teams much more leverage. Given that teams and owners are much richer than the players, and that draft signing bonuses have always been a small fraction of the budget of even the small-market teams, I don’t see why teams need so much leverage. I can see why they *want* it, but I don’t see why they *need* it.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Ugh, this story could be used as a referendum against the current social media. 15 years ago we don’t hear anything about this, the player signs and everyone is happy. Now, one report by Jim Callis has the Marlins not even close to offering slot value, then [I think] Jeff Passan is saying they are arguing over $2.6M ($200K difference). Everyone gets up in arms, names thrown around, etc. In the end, prospect signs, everyone should be happy but…

    • - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      So, Church, where should we point our loaded semi-automatic pent-up-anger Ire weapon next?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Outrage is what sells, Church. I don’t think it’s intentional, per sei, but for a while now people have just been conditioned to react in polarizing fashion when there’s outrage.

      Just look at the amount of commentary on the original post regarding this, and then the amount of commentary that ends up on this one.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        Oh I know, I just don’t agree with it. It’s one thing if we kept the sensationalism to specific sites like TMZ or that Perez Hilton assclown, but when major media sites do the same thing, there’s no escaping it =\

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Aaron, could you give us another rundown about who still hasn’t signed?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      not sure if this will work, but the bolded players are the ones who have signed, so: Gausman (Hou), Appel (Pitt), Giolito (Wash), and Shaffer (TB) are the only remaining unsigned picks

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        Thanks. It looks as if 3 (Oak, Mets Plils) second round picks and 2 (Miami and Oak) third round picks still haven’t signed. Will Miami use the $200 they saved on their unsigned third rounder (Avery Romero).

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        Here’s another list of just unsigned players with a countdown clock, courtesy of Jim Callis

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Also per callis:

  5. kopy - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Some guys sign a little over-slot, and some for a little under. There were several others early in the draft that signed under, the Marlins just grabbed headlines with their hard, public stance. Heaney was a bit of a reach at No. 9, anyway.

  6. randygnyc - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    The problem here was, IMO, we only heard one side of the story, through the players agent. I suspect most of it was untrue. But all the defenders of “big labor” grabbed their torches and pitchforks and began with the their thuggish behavior defending the little guy. ALL UNIONS SHOULD BE BUSTED, NOW!!!!

    • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Since when is an unsigned college player “labor” at all? Is there a shadowy, Illuminatus-like association of college ballplayers hiding behind the curtains and pulling invisible wires? And by what stretch of the imagination is an association of multimillionaires like the Player’s Association even a “union” in the traditional sense? Come on now.

      • js20011041 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        I’m right there with you randy. We all know that labor unions are evil and sit somewhere between naziism and communism. How dare workers stand up for themselves and attempt to have better pay, better benefits and better working conditions. We all know the American thing do do is to work for peanuts and smile about it. These people should be lucky they’re even allowed to breathe the same air as as our mighty “job creators.”

  7. joshfrancis50 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Its almost as though the Marlins understood the leverage they held and applied it towards a deal to their benefit. Tricky bastards.

  8. skipperxc - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Is there any reason to believe that MLB got wind of this story, called up Loria, and twisted his arm a bit so he’d make a more reasonable offer? I hate it when I sound like a conspiracy theorist, but they’ve has had to force the Marlins to spend money before, most notably extending Josh Johnson.

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