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Monday, August 13, 2007

Giants Yet to Sign Their Top Pick

The deadline in which teams have to agree on contracts with their draftees is approaching fast and the Giants still have a couple of their top picks waiting to be signed. The teams website is reporting that their top pick, Madison Bumgarner and their 3rd overall pick, Wendel Fairly are the two players who haven't agreed to contracts and if they don't do so by Wednesday afternoon, the Giants would lose rights to them. I don't see why it's taking this long to get something done, but it is expected that the two will sign before the deadline. Bumgarner was the first left-handed pitcher selected in the draft and is looking for a bonus in the 2.5 million dollar range. That would be about a 1/2 million dollars more than the team gave Tim Lincecum last year after they took him tenth overall. Fairley has signed a letter of intent to play ball at Southern Mississippi, but wants to sign with the Giants. Fairley is the guy from this draft that I would first expect to see in San Francisco playing with the Giants, and with their lack of outfield depth in their system, he's needed badly.

Brian Sabean also revealed that the Giants would be getting a pitcher off the Pirates 40 man roster as the player to be named from the Matt Morris trade last month. There aren't a whole lot of exciting options on the list, but the two guys I would target would be Brian Bullington and Romulo Sanchez. Bullington is a former first round pick and has accomplished a lot in the minor leagues but has never really been given a shot with the Pirates. He wins and has a respectable career era, but doesn't strike people out and seems to get hit relatively easily. I have never heard of Sanchez before checking the Pirates roster, but he seems to be the guy who would make the most sense but also is likely to be unavailable. A powerful throwing 23 year old reliever who is having a very good year in double A. The Giants have been given a list of a few players to choose from and it should be a matter of days before they make their choice.
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  • At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Allonthefield said…


    Giants need to get on the ball! Thanks for the update on the draft picks and the PTBNL from the Matt Morris trade.

  • At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Buldilarekid said…

    get that kid signed

  • At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What happens if they loose the rights to the two picks? Those guys go back to school or are they open to negotiate with other teams?

  • At 2:56 PM, Blogger Dirty Water said…

    The Giants should make stuff like this their number one priority. They can't just keep relying on Bonds to put fans in the seats.

    Dirty Water

  • At 3:18 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    dirty water, your exactly right and it's why they've been a mess the past couple of years. That philosophy has finally caught up with them, and it did the moment Barry hurt his leg and missed most of 2005. You can't build around a player in their 40's, you just can't.

  • At 9:17 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    anonymous, if the Giants had lost the rights to them, they would have went to school and could qualify for the draft again next year, but they signed just before the deadline.

  • At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If a HS kid doesn't sign and he goes to a JC he can opt for the draft the next year. If he goes to a 4-year school he can't come out for 3 years.


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