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June 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Expect the Mariners to announce signing of No. 1 draft pick Mike Zunino shortly

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There has been some discussion about what the Mariners spent in signing some of their top-10 draft picks in recent weeks and how that would carry over to the inking of No. 1 draft pick (third overall) Mike Zunino of the University of Florida.
In fact, there has been speculation that parameters were already in place for what the M’s and Zunino would agree to — given the new draft spending rules and the limits in place for what teams can spend on all of their picks combined.
My sources tell me that is indeed the case and that Zunino should be signing with the Mariners shortly, though it might not happen until early July. The only thing holding up the process — besides his recent participation in the College World Series — are two award ceremonies he has to attend where he is either the winner of a top prize or a finalist.
Zunino is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award for the top catcher in NCAA Division 1 baseball, coming up on Wednesday night in Wichita, Kan. He’s already been announced the winnert of the Dick Howser Trophy, considered by many as the top award in collegiate baseball,
Then, there is the Golden Spikes Award coming up on July 6. Zunino is a finalist for that prize — given to the top amateur ballplayer in the country — which will be broadcast live on ESPN.
The All-Star Game is coming up a few days after that, so the Mariners are trying to figure out when to get everything finalized and a physical done so they can get Zunino up here to be introduced to the Seattle media.


The Mariners have their usual lineup ready to go tonight against a left-handed pitcher. It’s been a while since manager Eric Wedge has been able to get his full lineup in there with the designated hitter and all that.
“It’s nice to go through the interleague change and play in the National League ballparks,” Wedge said. “But obviously, we’re built to perform with the DH and it’s tough not to have that extra bat in there and have to keep somebody on the bench each and every day.”
Kyle Seager is back in there after serving in pinch-hit duty yesterday with that sore calf in San Diego.
Mike Carp is back out at the balpark today, but Wedge says he’s still “a ways away” from getting back with the club after aggravating his prior shoulder sprain.
Wedge hopes to get Carp swinging a bat within the next week or so.
“We’ll keep him away from the throwing at first, just work him back with the bat,” Wedge said.

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