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Postby MaudDib » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:52 pm

We are coming up fast on the August 15th to have all MLB draftees signed. Has anyone heard any rumors on whether any of the players are close to signing? There is a lot of talent still unsigned so it should get pretty exciting over the next few days.
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Re: The Countdown has begun

Postby raiders_umpire » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:58 pm

I imagine just like last year, most of the first rounders will sign.
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Postby Amatter32 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:55 pm

raiders_umpire wrote:I imagine just like last year, most of the first rounders will sign.


That's my thought too.
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Re: The Countdown has begun

Postby King Tim » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:17 am

I'm interested to see if the Royals can ink both Hosmer & Melville.
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Re: The Countdown has begun

Postby MaudDib » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:24 pm

King Tim wrote:I'm interested to see if the Royals can ink both Hosmer & Melville.

I agree. I was happy to see them draft Melville but I had hoped that they would sign him quickly. I think it is a lot to ask for to get them both signed in a week.

Any actual signings yet?
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Re: The Countdown has begun

Postby King Tim » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:23 am

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Re: The Countdown has begun

Postby MaudDib » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:54 am

King Tim wrote:http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/ask-ba/2008/266659.html

That was some nice info. It is nice to see that baseball has changed. Where it used to be teams were worried about money and either not drafting a high priced talent or never getting him signed it seems that teams are expected to sign their draftees.
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Re: The Countdown has begun

Postby J35J » Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:06 pm

King Tim wrote:I'm interested to see if the Royals can ink both Hosmer & Melville.



Heard our scouting director the other day on the radio talk about these two. He said they were pretty close with Melville, they say he really would like to sign being a Missouri native and they think they can get it done. He mentioned with Hosmer that it will likely be like most first round picks...it will go down to the final day. They expect to sign both of them.

I tend to believe that they will get them both done...Moore and the boys seem to have quite a bit more free reign than did the previous regime.

<<fingers crossed>> :-o
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Re: The Countdown has begun

Postby MaudDib » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:54 pm

We are down to 24 hours and a lot of people left to sign. I know that last year it came down to the last day but we didn't have this many unsigned players left. It will be interesting to see how many get signed and how many go back to school or sign with another league.
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Postby Another Blown Save » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:20 pm

Fort Worth Cats sign major-league draft pick Aaron Crow
By RICKY TREON

Pitcher Aaron Crow, who was selected ninth overall in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft by Washington in June, signed a minor-league contract with the Fort Worth Cats on Wednesday.

Crow was the Big 12 pitcher of the year at Missouri last season. He was 13-0 in 2008 with a 2.35 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 107 innings.

All signs point to Crow officially being a member of the Cats after Friday’s 11 p.m. MLB signing deadline for draft selections passes.

Discussions with Nationals general manager Jim Bowden have stalled, Crow’s agent, Randy Hendricks, said.

“We wouldn’t have had him sign with the Cats if we thought he was going to sign with the Nationals,” Hendricks said. “The last I talked with Jim Bowden, he didn’t think there was anything more to talk about. I didn’t disagree.”

The stalled contract talks are what led Crow to being in Fort Worth on Wednesday evening to sign with the Cats.

Hendricks said Crow took some time off after finishing last season with Missouri, but has been working out for about a month in anticipation of returning to the mound soon.

The question, though, has been where will he play.

After negotiations with Washington came to a standstill, Crow said one reason he’d like to play for the Cats is the presence of family in Fort Worth.

“I have an aunt and uncle who live down here,” Crow said. “I’m looking forward to spending some time with them.”

He added, though, that his pitching future “remains to be seen.”

Hendricks seemed more confident that Crow would be pitching for Fort Worth as soon as possible after Friday.

“Our real focus is on Aaron pitching for the Cats and entering the draft next season,” Hendricks said.

Crow is the third high draft pick to sign with the Cats in recent years.

Luke Hochevar, the 40th pick in the 2005 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, signed with the Cats and pitched in a few games, then re-entered the 2006 draft and was selected No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Royals.

Max Scherzer, who also played at Missouri, was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft by Arizona. He started three games in Fort Worth. However on the eve of the signing deadline, he reached an agreement with the Diamondbacks.


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