While teams are quickly signing their first round MLB Draft picks to deals, the Toronto Blue Jays have yet to come to terms with their selection, Phil Bickford.
More than that, they don’t feel a deal is going to get done.
Per Gregor Chisholm:
Anthopoulos does not expect to sign first rounder Phil Bickford prior to tomorrow’s deadline.
Drafted 10th overall, the 17 year old pitcher out of California was not expected to be a difficult signing, but for whatever reasons the two sides just haven’t been able to hammer home a deal.
Some have suggested it’s nothing more than a ploy to get the young Bickford to bite on the contract offer as leaving top ten money on the table is a pretty big risk. Still, the 2014 draft is (at least right now) is considered relatively weak and Bickford could be hoping to secure a higher pick next season after a year of college enrollment.
If Bickford decides to enroll at Cal State Fullerton, the Blue Jays would be given the 11th pick in the 2014 MLB Draft along with their own 2014 draft pick.