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Blue Jays fail to sign No. 10 pick Phil Bickford

Jul 12, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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When asked yesterday Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters that he didn’t expect to sign first-round pick Phil Bickford and sure enough the signing deadline just passed without the deal.

Bickford, a high school pitcher from California who went No. 10 overall, will instead head to college at Cal-State Fullerton. The slot recommended bonus for the 10th pick is $2.9 million, although it’s not clear what the Blue Jays actually offered Bickford. He was considered a “tough sign” going into the draft, so the Blue Jays knew what they were getting into.

They’ll also receive the No. 11 pick in next year’s draft as compensation for failing to sign him, so it’s hardly a disastrous scenario. It could be for Bickford, though, depending on how he pitches in college and whether he can stay healthy for the next few years. Recent history has not been very kind to pitchers who passed up big signing bonuses coming out of high school.

  1. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    You had me at “Blue Jays fail”

    What else is new?!?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      As usual, you continue to be boring. On the other hand, having 2 trolls is interesting.

      • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Awww, that’s so cute!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        All I do is correct you when you are wrong pc and, well, that’s pretty much all the time. Nothing personal, im trying my best to educate you so you don’t come off as such a dope on here

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:13 AM

        The second troll finally showed up. He has a habit of posting late when his parol officer isn’t looking.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Yes that did catch my attention as well but really now when is the last time you saw anything that said “bluejays succeed?

  2. paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    The Jays did manage to sign both Brentz (ranked #80 by BA and drafted in the 11th round) as well as Tellez (ranked #59 by BA and drafted in the 30th round)…both considered tough signs.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      I have no idea why Bickford did not sign for the slot money allocated to #10. Bickford was ranked somewhere in the mid twenties in what was considered a weak draft. Not sure if he will come close to that amount the next time he is drafted. The number 11 pick next season will probably be a higher ranked player than Bickford.

      The Jays saved some bonus money on their second and third round picks as well as on the college seniors they drafted. That freed up the money necessary to sign Brentz and Tellez.

      • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Rumor was that before the draft Bickford said he wanted $4.25 to sign. The fact that the BJs drafted him suggests that they knew what it would take to sign him and thought they could hit that mark. They do get the #11 next year, but that pick won’t be protected from loss if they sign a FA…and they’ll have to sign anyone they draft with it because you don’t get compensation for not signing a player with a compensation pick…so they’ll have to use it on a guy they KNOW they can sign.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        If the rumor about the $4.25 million is true, he wanted to be paid more that slot money for the #5 pick.

        Just for fun, can you identify these 2 players? One is an All Star and you are familiar with the other who plays the same position. Player A 16 Home runs, .312 OBP, .472 Slugging%, .783 OPS. Player B 16 HR, .324 OBP, .475 Slugging%, .799 OPS.

      • hackerjay - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        He actually won’t be eligable for next year’s draft. The next time he can be drafted is 2015 because the only people that are eligable for the draft are (1) High school grads (2) junior college players of any grade (3) college juniors and seniors that are at least 21 years old.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        AA was deliberately evasive regarding the reason why Bickford was not signed. Toronto sources think that he might have had a previously unknown injury and the Jays responded by offering him an amount less than slot but high enough to ensure the #11 pick next year.

      • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        Depends on if he follows through with his commit or if he switches to a JuCo. If he goes to a JuCo, he could be drafted next year…otherwise, not until 2016…and the chances that he makes it there healthy and as a top 10 pick are essentially 0.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Bickford didn’t want to play for a team that has “no chance” of making the postseason anytime in his lifetime, smart man is what he really is.

  3. modellforprez - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    F’n A i mean. what is this kid 19-20-21 NO WAY he could live with only 2.9 million. i know i couldnt and i warsh dishes for a living at the Chitterling club. Last draft Mark Appel would not sign with the Bucs cause boras said Listen kid you cant live on 3 and a half mill.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Anyone else think getting basically the same pick in the subsequent draft is kind of silly?

    If you fail to sign the player you should get a sandwich pick between round 1 and 2.

    Especially if you knew going in you probably weren’t going to be able to sign the guy.

  5. elwaysagenius - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    He probably should have signed, he could have just asked another Cal-State Fullerton blue jay about how quickly your pitching ability can disappear

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Romero has actually been pitching much better lately. If he keeps it up, he might be recalled to pitch for the Jays this season.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        yea please recall him, I mean can he do any worse then what you have at the MLB level? I doubt it, oh another nice 3 HR game by Buerhle, very impressive

  6. yousuxxors - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    was it considered a weak draft in every sport this year? NFL NHL NBA MLB all had bad draft classes this year.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      It was a very good year for the NHL Draft with 4 potential super stars and a lot of depth after that.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        if you were smart PC you would stick with the NHL, I mean at least with hockey doesn’t like 75% of the teams MAKE the postseason? I know the tv ratings are in the dumper but at least you got a 75% chance your team will be in it assuming you can stay awake during the 4 months of playoffs that is, hahahahahaha perfect sport for you, honest to god!!

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    This pick wasn’t important to the bluejays anyway, I mean starting pitching is not a weakness on this year’s team!!! They should keep Dickey, Burhele, Johnson and the boys together for a long long time!! I see a staff here where they can have 4 20 game losers in a season maybe!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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