About an hour before a 12:01 a.m. ET deadline, the Marlins on Monday night reached agreement with first-round Draft pick Jose Fernandez.
According to multiple sources, the 19-year-old will receive a $2 million signing bonus.
Team Fernandez came off their initial mark and decided to negotiate. The $2 million figure is $398,000 over slot, which is a fair deal for both parties. The hard throwing right-hander will soon find himself in the Top 20 list of Marlins prospects. The Fish are a little thin in pitching in the minors.
While the prospect folks are readjusting their list, I hope he is working on his cliches because he will need them soon. Expect to see him interviewed and promoted on a Marlins broadcast in the very near future.
Overall, the Marlins did a a pretty good job of signing draft picks. They were able to sign 1,2 and 5 through 13. Not to mention 29 of their first 35 picks. All in all it was a pretty good haul.
Also since the Marlins were unable to sign their 3rd round pick they will receive a compensation pick in the 2012 draft. Meaning, the Marlins will have two picks in next year's draft in the third round.
All that remains to be seen is if any of them pan out.