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Yankees sign first-round pick Ty Hensley for reduced bonus due to shoulder “abnormality”

Jul 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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With today’s 5:00 p.m. eastern time deadline to sign draft picks looming the Yankees have agreed to terms with their first-round pick, Oklahoma high school right-hander Ty Hensley.

Hensley was the 30th overall pick, which carries a slot value of $1.6 million. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that he originally agreed to a deal for that exact slot amount almost immediately after last month’s draft, but an MRI exam “revealed an abnormality in his right shoulder.”

That agreement was canceled and five weeks later the two sides agreed to a new $1.2 million deal, meaning the MRI exam cost Hensley $400,000 (or saved the Yankees $400,000) even though he’s never complained of any pain or missed time with an injury.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Are the Yankees becoming cheapskates?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      They saved $200K which might make another player available that they might have been unable to sign ($615K remaining + $100K slot according to RAB)

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        Based on, the Yankees have not signed picks, 15, 18, 20 to 26, 28 to 32, 35 & 36, 38 to 40. I have no idea if it is worth paying more than $100,000 to any of them.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        Here’s BA’s list*, the ones most are hankering for are Jose Mesa Jr, Ty Moore and Vincent Jackson. With the $615K remaining, they’ll be lucky to get one of those guys.


    • Kevin S. - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      It’s a little different – they had agreed on a deal for the full allocation. The injury changed that. Also, they didn’t tell Hensley they were just going to throw him back into the pool.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      Apparently whatever the Yanks are doing they are doing it well as they have the best record in baseball and the biggest lead in baseball. And the Jays tonight just claimed sole possession of LAST PLACE!! Congrats proudly!! The jays at least used to finish 3rd or 4th once in a while but now we can honestly say they have gotten worse as the years have gone by.Maybe next year you can brag up those “sandwich” picks like you always do and get yourself another bust like the jays are so famous for

  2. mirmz - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I knew getting an MRI was expensive, but damn.

  3. uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    If the kid lives up to expectations the Yankees got a hell of a deal. Reports have his fastball touching 97MPH

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

      Could be a hell of a deal if he stays healthy. On the other hand, the pitcher chosen by the Yankees with the 30th pick in the 2007 draft also hit 97 with his fastball. I am sure that Yankee fans hope that Hensley is not another Andrew Brackman.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        Proudly, you could say that about every player chosen in the first round whether they are the 1st or the 31st player chosen “Could be a hell of a deal if he stays healthy”. Since the road to the ML’s is 3, 4 or even 5 years away for virtually all these players, all we can do is hope.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        Agreed. Good luck.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Proudly, appreciate that. Thank you and good luck to you guys as well.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        or worse yet another Drabek!!! Since we are talking about BUSTS!!

  4. cur68 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    The Rangers pulled this trick on RA Dickey. Admittedly it was because he was born without a UCL and threw funny because of it . . . that and the fact he really had marginal stuff till he perfected his knuckler. I’m going to guess that “Shoulder Abnormality” isn’t much of anything beyond a variation of the “normal”.

    • protius - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      You nailed that one.

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