Marlins agree to terms with Heaney
MIAMI — Deals have a way of getting done at deadlines.
That appears to be the case with the Marlins and their top pick.
According to a source, on Friday morning, the Marlins have reached agreement with their No. 1 pick, left-hander Andrew Heaney, who has agreed to a $2.6 million bonus, which is $200,000 under the slot for the No. 9 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
Miami is using that extra $200,000 to lock up their third rounder, shortstop Avery Romero, who is expected to agree for at least $700,000.
The deadline to sign Draft picks is 5 p.m. ET on Friday.
The Marlins also are expected to sign their 19th rounder, third baseman Cody Gunter, who could sign for around $200,000.
By locking up all three means, the Marlins will reach agreement their first 19 rounds of picks.
On Thursday, there was an impasse with Heaney, who had been seeking the $2.8 million slot. Reports said negotiations had been cut off, but they resumed Thursday night and became finalized on Friday.
While the Marlins have a policy to have a full physical on their picks before they officially sign, the players have been told they can reach agreement on Friday, and their deals can be voided if they don’t pass their physicals.
– Joe Frisaro