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.
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)