Third-round pick agrees

As negotiations continue between the Marlins and their first-round pick, Christian Yelich, the organization reportedly has come to terms with another high Draft choice.

Third-rounder, Jacob (J.T.) Realmuto, according to Baseball America, has agreed to a $600,000 signing bonus, which is by far the top deal for any third rounder thus far. The report said the recommended slot number is $309,600 for the No. 104 pick.

The Marlins have yet to confirm a deal was agreed upon.

Getting Realmuto locked up comes after there was speculation that his asking price was too high, and the team was considering not signing him.

If Realmuto didn’t come to terms by Monday’s deadline, the Marlins would have received a compensation third-round choice in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Realmuto, a shortstop/catcher, attended Carl Albert High in Midwest City, Okla., where he set a national high school record with 88 hits and 119 RBIs.

The Marlins likely will get a deal done with Yelich by Monday’s deadline. If they don’t, they would receive a compensatory pick (the 23rd overall) in the 2011 Draft. Yelich’s fallback plan is to the attend the University of Miami.

Teams can receive compensatory picks for rounds one-through-three.

— Joe Frisaro


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