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There is a little bit of good news

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 16, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees signed Stanford LHP Jeremy Bleich to a $700,000 bonus according to Baseball America. He was a supplemental first-round pick, 44th overall.

That figure, if correct, is below what a player in that slot would normally get. That suggests to me that Bleich’s elbow injury may require surgery. Why else would a Scott Boras client settle for less than slot? We should find out more tomorrow.

The Yankees also signed 27th round pick Garrison Lassiter, a shortstop, to a $675,000 deal. He was a high school kid who fell because of signability issues.

Gerrit Cole did not sign. The Yankees also passed on second-round pick Scott Bittle, who has shoulder issues. They will receive picks at roughly the same position in the draft next season.

Strange draft for the Yankees. They took a kid who didn’t want to play pro ball with their first pick, an injured kid with their third pick and a potentially injured kid with their second pick. Was Joe “He’s fine” Girardi in charge of medical evaluations?

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