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Mariners announce deal with first-round pick Alex Jackson

Jun 23, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

Alex Jackson Mariners AP

Making official what was reported last week, the Mariners announced that they’ve signed first-round draft pick Alex Jackson.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the deal is worth $4.2 million, which is about $600,000 more than the slot-recommended signing bonus for the No. 6 overall pick and will cost them a luxury tax penalty on top on that money.

Jackson was a high school catcher, but the Mariners drafted him for his high-upside bat and are expected top make him a full-time outfielder in the minors. Baseball America rated him as the fourth-best prospect in the draft class.

  1. ironcurtin64 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Very cool. See you in 2-4 years.

  2. chaimtavish - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Baseball will humble him and erase his smug look. Notwithstanding that, I hope he succeeds. But we all know that first-round draft picks fail more frequently than they succeed. The baseball gods prevail, and they are not fair.

  3. raynman49 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Whoa! First get a hat that doesn’t look like the one that pitcher wore the other day. Or Barry Bonds. LOL!

  4. senioreditor2 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    I know the kid. He’s not smug and he’ll be a star in a few years.

  5. earpaniac - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    He looks like he’s 14 years old. Means I’m getting old.

  6. denny65 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Good luck, kid! The Mariners will always need hitting. BTW, telling everyone you’re favorite player is/was Barry Bonds is probably not stepping off on the right foot. Next time they ask tell ’em Junior.

    Enjoy Peoria.

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