The deadline for teams to sign their draft picks for this year is Friday at 4 p.m. CDT, and the Milwaukee Brewers are one of a half-dozen teams who still haven’t agreed to deals with their first round pick.
With about 28 hours to go to the deadline, Brice Turang is still trying to decide whether to sign with the Brewers or honor his commitment to LSU. Which way he’s leaning seems to be a matter of who you ask, but it looks like there’s some hope that a deal could still be struck, according to Jon Heyman.
day before deadline, 6 1st rounders not completely done: No. 4 madrigal, chisox (agreed, $6.4M slot, just not signed), No. 20 larnach, twins (close to deal), No. 21 turang, brewers (optimism), No. 25, mclain, dbacks, No. 30 ginn, dodgers, No. 31 mcclanahan, rays (all: work to do)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 5, 2018
As of a couple days ago, it was still described as a “toss-up” as to whether Turang would sign. Stearns wouldn’t comment on the negotiations, but that’s not unusual — he typically doesn’t talk about deals until they’re done.
The slot value for the 21st overall pick is $3.01 million, but the Brewers have about $3.6 million to spend before encountering any draft pick penalties — and it seems highly unlikely that David Stearns and Tod Johnson would give up a draft pick next year in order to sign one this year.
If Turang doesn’t sign, the Brewers would get an additional first round pick next year as compensation.