There’s no announcement yet, but I’ve confirmed from sources that DJ Peterson, the Mariners’ first-round pick, has agreed to terms. Jim Callis of Baseball America, who is the authority on these matters, tweeted recently that his bonus is $2,759,100. That happens to be exactly the slot figure mandated by baseball for the No. 12 overall pick. Teams can go above or below slot, but they have a pool amount for their top 10 picks that can’t be exceeded without paying penalties.
I’m told that Peterson will start with the Everett Aqua Sox of the Northwest League, who start play Friday at Spokane. Peterson is a third baseman out of the University of New Mexico who may also see action at first base, though he is determined to stay at third. He will take batting practice later today. As you can see from the picture above, his brother Dustin, a second-round pick of the Padres out of Gilbert (Az) High School is here as well to watch his brother.
I’d expect numerous signings to become official soon, because a lot of draft picks have been here at Safeco the past two days, taking BP and getting the grand tour. Those include third-rounder Tyler O’Neill (OF), fourth-rounder Ryan Horstman (LHP), fifth-rounder Jack Reinheimer (SS), sixth-rounder Corey Simpson (C) and 12th rounder Justin Seager (1B).
One excellent byproduct of moving up the signing deadline last year to July 12 is that picks have tended to get signed earlier, which means they can get out to the minor leagues much more quickly and begin the process of working up to the majors. Even those who go right down to the deadline still have time to have some minor-league time, whereas when the deadline was in August, it pretty much shot that year for a lot of top picks who held out until the end.