The Rays beat the midnight deadline and signed their other first-round pick, Josh Sale and their supplemental-round pick Drew Vettleson (via MLB Trade Rumors)…

The Rays agreed to sign first-round pick Josh Sale and supplementary first-rounder Drew Vettleson, according to Conor Glassey of Baseball America (Twitter link). Sale, a 19-year-old outfielder, had committed to playing at Gonzaga next season. Last year, MLB recommended a $1.467MM bonus for the 17th-overall selection, but the Rays signed Sale for $1.62MM. Vettleson, a two-way player who turned 19 last month, gets $845K.

The slot recommendation for Vettleson was $802K.



  1. Joe D. says:

    I'm glad they got the deals done, not signing your 1 & 2 picks from a year ago I think leaves the Rays a little thin on young talent (I know that sound wierd for the Rays) in 3-4 years, but I think signing 4 guys from the first 2 rounds this year, then the bounty of picks the Rays could get next year, goes a long way in filing in that gaps.

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Signing your 1 & 2 picks are essential to maintaining a solid, and stacked farm system.

    • Will says:

      Agreed. last year, I think they didn't like there choices. That is why they had to get Bailey and Malm, a pair of expensive guys who dropped last year.


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