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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mariners sign first-round pick Fields

The Mariners have reached an agreement on a contract with Josh Fields, their first-round selection in last June’s First-Year Player Draft.
A Major League source said the deal was done, pending Fields passing a physical. He would then begin a professional career that was delayed by a $500,000 gap between the $2 million deal he wanted and the $1.5 million the Mariners were offering.

Details of the contract were not immediately known and it was unclear whether he would be invited to the Major League camp, which starts Saturday morning at the Peoria Sports Complex.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2009 at 03:59 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2009 at 03:58 PM (#3077502)

"A baseball source said Fields will receive $1.75 million, splitting the difference between MLB’s $1.5 million recommendation for his draft slot and the $2 million he was seeking, pending the results of a physical he took on Saturday."
   2. akrasian Posted: February 15, 2009 at 04:19 PM (#3077516)
I thought the deadline for signing had passed last summer? Was there a clause for being able to sign after the new year? Or am I just missing something everybody else knows?
   3. 1k5v3L Posted: February 15, 2009 at 04:34 PM (#3077523)
Though baseball’s signing deadline for draft picks was Aug. 15, Fields and the Mariners were allowed to continue negotiating because he was a senior who had exhausted his college eligibility.

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