M’s Sign Steven Baron
So, the whole drama surrounding the M’s third pick in the draft is over, as the M’s signed him today for $980,000 according to some guy named Conor Glassey. That’s $44,000 more than the recommended slot bonus for the 33rd pick in the draft. I’m sure you remember that we were one of many people to report the rumor of a pre-draft deal that the M’s struck with Baron, agreeing to select him about 25-50 spots ahead of where he would go otherwise in exchange for signing a deal below slot.
Obviously, that didn’t happen. Was there never really a pre-draft deal in place? Did Baron back out of his commitment after the M’s selected him in order to get a larger signing bonus? All we know are whispers, and now, they don’t really matter that much. He’s a Mariner, and he’ll be reporting to Pulaski to begin his professional career.