SEATTLE — The Mariners must really like outfielder Gareth Morgan, whom they selected last week with the 74th overall pick in the draft. The Toronto Sun is reporting Morgan, an 18-year old from Toronto, received a $2 million signing bonus.
The assigned slot value for that pick was $760,300.
The Mariners confirmed the signing prior to the game Tuesday against the New York Yankees at Safeco Field but, as per club policy, did not announce financial terms.
Morgan is 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds, bats and throws right-handed and has played center and right field. He will report to the Mariners' club in the Arizona Rookie League.
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The Mariners have also agreed to terms with their picks from the fourth through 10 rounds. According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, those seven deals comprise a sufficiently below-slot aggregate to off-set Morgan's above-slot bonus.
Picks signed or agreed to term
Round Player Position Pos B-T HT WT Age
2b* Gareth Morgan OF R-R 6-4 220 18
4 Ryan Yarbrough LHP L-L 6-6 210 22
5 Dan Altavilla RHP R-R 5-11 200 21
6 Lance Ratliff LHP L-L 6-3 185 19
7 Taylor Byrd LHP L-L 6-2 175 21
8 Kody Kerski RHP R-R 5-10 185 22
9 Peter Miller RHP R-R 6-1 200 22
10 Adam Martin C R-R 6-2 230 22
Note: 2b is a competitive balance B pick (end of second round)