Pirates agree to $5 million deal with No. 2 overall pick Taillon
Jameson Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the first round, agreed on a deal believed to be for about $5 million with the Pittsburgh Pirates, SI.com has learned. Taillon is a right-handed pitching prodigy from the Houston area and a big addition for the Pirates.
The deadline to sign draft picks was midnight Monday.
"Taillon is advanced for a high school pitcher, absolutely," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told the Associated Press. "When you throw in the mid to upper 90s, you've got a chance to move quickly."
The Machado deal was reached 3 minutes before midnight, Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan said.
"We reached out during the day to try and get some dialogue going and periodically went through it. But again, the meat of this thing happened in the last hour," Jordan said.
In other first-round deals, the Cardinals came to terms with third baseman Zack Cox (No. 25), the Angels agreed with infielder Kaleb Cowart (No. 18), the Giants agreed with outfielder Gary Brown (No. 24) and the Dodgers signed LSU quarterback Zach Lee (No. 28).
Lee is going to leave LSU to focus solely on baseball.
The Brewers did not agree with their No. 1 pick, right-hander Dylan Covey (No. 14).
Covey was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said that played a pivotal role in his decision not to sign.
"We were willing to sign, but he felt with the management needed and discipline involved with diabetes it was necessary to stay close to home," Melvin said. "This was all a sudden, unexpected, tough-luck happening."