Monday, June 3, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, June 3, 2019 -- "Signing Day"

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"The Royals and Dodgers led the way on baseball’s signing day, combining to commit nearly $100 million to amateurs in the first hours of the market. The Royals emphasized pitching, while the Dodgers loaded up on bats and, as has become their wont, focused on talent from Southern California. The biggest deal of the day, however, was made by the Rangers, who, 34 years after making Bobby Witt the third pick of the 1985 draft, signed the right-hander’s son to a contract featuring a $12 million bonus and salary escalators that could pay the shortstop $46 million through 2028."