NEW YORK (AP) — UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole was among 23 first-round draft picks facing a Monday midnight deadline to reach agreements with major league teams.
Cole was selected by Pittsburgh and is represented by agent Scott Boras, who was negotiating for the top pick for the third straight year after reaching agreements with Washington for pitcher Stephen Strasburg ($15.1 million over four years) and outfielder Bryce Harper ($9.9 million over five years).
Boras also was trying to reach deals for the fifth and sixth picks. High school outfielder Bubba Starling was taken by Kansas City with the No. 5 selection and Rice third baseman Anthony Renden went next to Washington.
Just 10 of the 33 players taken on the first round June 6 had reached agreements entering Monday, including just one of the first nine picks: No. 3 Trevor Bauer, a teammate of Cole's on the UCLA pitching staff, agreed July 25 to a $4.45 million, four-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Aug. 15 deadline, in its fifth year, applies to players taken in the draft who have remaining college eligibility. Agents have said that in many cases teams won't start negotiations until shortly before the deadline.