Less than two hours and counting…
Not a whole lot of movement going on with the remaining first rounders, but here’s what I’ve been hearing:
No. 2 Pedro Alvarez: Nothing doing there right now. Last I heard was Boras/Alvarez was looking for Teixeira money (close to $10 mil and a big-league deal) and, well, the Bucs weren’t budging, perhaps setting a ceiling of $8 mil.
No. 3 Eric Hosmer: Nothing new here than what I reported recently. Royals still feel it’ll get done and it’s looking like it’ll be north of what Mike Moustakas got last year ($4 mil). How far north remains to be seen, and whether ownership will OK it is another issue.
No. 5 Buster Posey: Still no official deal on the FSU catcher. Not sure on the hold up, but it’s causing some other logjams…
No. 7 Yonder Alonso: This one is being held up by the Giants and Posey.
No. 11 Justin Smoak: This might be the next one to become official. Word was a deal between Smoak and the Rangers was imminent, that it would be north of $3 million and would likely include a big-league deal. Rangers said no such deal is forthcoming, but we’ll see…
No. 20 Josh Fields: Nothing here, but as I mentioned, not as much pressure as the M’s would control his rights for longer.
No. 23 Allan Dykstra: Injury + Boras= bad news. This is the one guy I’d say won’t sign by deadline time.
No. 28: Gerrit Cole: Yankees said this isn’t going to happen. Why don’t I trust that 100 %