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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tigers begin to sign 2013 MLB Draft picks

Ben Verlander signs his contract with the Tigers/photo from Twitter @Verly32
One of the bonuses of the draft rules under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is that the system of slotting doesn’t leave draft picks with a whole lot of bargaining leverage, meaning that signings often come fast and furious after the MLB Draft.

The trickle of new Tigers started Wednesday.

Ben Verlander tweeted “It’s official! Just signed my contract with the Detroit Tigers!” at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. The younger brother of Justin Verlander and an outfielder at Old Dominion University, Ben Verlander was selected in the 14th round of the MLB Draft. [Feature story on Ben Verlander]

The Tigers’ 27th-round pick, Virginia Tech left-hander Joe Mantiply, also announced his own signing on Twitter Wednesday.

UPDATE: Baseball America's Jim Callis tweeted Thursday that the Tigers had signed fifth-rounder Buck Farmer with a $225,000 bonus, leaving them under budget so far, with $6,467,400 left in the bonus pool.

UPDATE 2 (June 17): According to Callis (and others), the Tigers signed Texas pitcher Corey Knebel, selected with the Competitive Balance Round A pick they received as part of the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante deal. Callis reported that the contract for Knebel, who the Tigers feel will be a starter despite the fact that he was the Longhorns' closer, is for the full slot value of $1,433,400.

Here’s a look at the players the Tigers selected in this year’s MLB Draft: DAY 1; DAY 2; DAY 3


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