I’ve just learned that the Giants have a
done deal with No. 5 pick Buster Posey. Again, details to
come, but expect a big-league deal…
The latest news on this one is that there’s a deal basically in place, but it won’t be officially announced until midnight ET. Rumor I’ve heard is that it’ll be something like $6.75 million and a big-league deal. At the same time, I’m hearing that the report is definitively not true. Go figure…
Could that free things up for the college bats behind Posey to get done? Perhaps. Buzz was that Yonder Alonso had come down from his early high demands in recent hours and even if the previously reported Smoak rumor isn’t wholly accurate, if Alonso gets done, then Smoak will as well.
The main issue is that the Alonso and perhaps the Smoak camps were looking for money similar to what Posey was getting. But as first basemen, do they have a leg to stand on? Posey plays a premium position, Alonso and Smoak do not, and you can bet the Reds and Rangers will point that out as they continue to try to hammer it out.
Just wanted to compile some notes about how some of the bigger draft prospects fared in conference tourney play yesterday:
Vandy’s Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 in a 7-3 win against Florida. Dominic de la Osa went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
Georgia was upset by Ole Miss, 4-1. Gordon Beckham went 0-for-3 with a walk. Ole Miss ace Lance Lynn certainly didn’t hurt his stock any by going 6 2/3, allowing four hits and one run while striking out 12 against the top-seeded Bulldogs. Ole Miss closer Scott Bittle came on and struck out four over 2 1/3 IP to seal the win.
2nd-seeded Miami had little trouble with Clemson, winning 8-1. Yonder Alonso went 1-for-3, as did Jemile Weeks. Dennis Raben went 1-for-4.
Florida State beat Wake Forest, 8-3. Possible No. 1 overall pick Buster Posey went yard twice, to give him 19 on the year, and drove in three runs. Wake’s Allan Dykstra homered as well.
Virginia had an exciting 11-inning win over top-seeded North Carolina, 8-7. Greg Miclat went 1-for-5 and stole his 30th base of the year. David Adams went 2-for-6 with an RBI. UNC catcher Tim Federowicz had two hits and 2 RBIs.
Tulane was upset by Marshall, 10-5, and RHP Shooter Hunt did not have his best day. The righty, who I had projected to go No. 11 to the Rangers in my most recent mock draft, gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits and five walks over six innings. He did strike out nine.
Those are the highlights. Back with more later on.