The 2020 draft already looked like a slam dunk for the Blue Jays as Austin Martin, arguably the best all-around player available, fell into their lap with the fifth-overall pick.
Given Martin was expected to go second overall, the Jays will likely have to sign the Scott Boras client to an over-slot deal. Had Martin gone second overall as he might have been expecting, his recommended lost value would have featured a $7.79 million signing bonus. Sliding to fifth brings that suggested bonus to $6.18 million.
Obviously, the Boras thing might make fans worry about Martin’s signability, but Ross Atkins noted after the draft that the Jays had been in contact with Martin’s representation ahead of making the selection. Had they not felt comfortable they’d be able to reach a deal, they probably wouldn’t have picked him. None of the top picks made in the Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins era have gone unsigned.
“We were extremely happy that Austin was there,” Ross Atkins told Sportsnet. “We were prepared for that. We had worked through that scenario (and) have had dialogue with his representation as well. We felt very good about making …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation