Miami Marlins first-round pick Max Meyer agrees to deal

LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 01: A detailed view of a pair of official Rawlings Major League Baseball baseballs with the imprinted signature of Robert D. Manfred Jr., the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, sitting in the dugout prior to the Spring Training game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 10-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 01: A detailed view of a pair of official Rawlings Major League Baseball baseballs with the imprinted signature of Robert D. Manfred Jr., the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, sitting in the dugout prior to the Spring Training game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 10-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Miami Marlins draft pick Max Meyer signs his MLB deal and is added to the team’s 60-man roster for 2020.

The Miami Marlins have announced that the team’s first pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, Max Meyer has signed his contract with the organization.

The move means Meyer, a pitcher from the University of Minnesota, will be added to the 60-player pool the franchise will use in this shortened season.

"Per MLB.com, “The Marlins agreed to terms with Meyer on Wednesday night, a source told MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis, and the right-hander was added to Miami’s 60-man player pool on Thursday, when the club announced the deal.“Callis reported that Meyer agreed for $6.7 million, below the slot value of $7,221,200.”"

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Regardless of the financial information, Meyer is now part of an organization on the rise, a franchise that once again put a premium on developing young pitchers for the future. The Miami Marlins used all six of their draft picks last month to bring in pitching help and to continue to strengthen a minor league system that was at or near the bottom of the Majors just three seasons ago.

Times in South Florida have changed since Derek Jeter took over as the team’s CEO.

Where Meyer fits into the Miami Marlins plans now isn’t defined yet. He is projected as a starter of the future, a potential ace of the staff. But if he were to step on the mound this year, it most likely would be in a relief role.

"“When the Marlins selected University of Minnesota right-hander, Max Meyer, with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, club officials said the 21-year-old was close to being big-league ready,” Joe Frisaro wrote."

For now, Meyer will workout with the team in Jupiter, Florida at the Miami Marlins Spring Training facility. The players who are expected to be on the team’s Opening Day roster will be at Marlins Park in Miami.

The Marlins have many talented young arms that will make up the team’s rotation this season and have a second wave of starters in the minors that are almost at Major League level. Meyer adds to that rich group. The front office will have decisions to make as to which players will remain in the hunt for a job in the rotation in the future.

If Meyer is almost there, meaning ready to pitch in the Majors, the front office will need to decide where he fits and which pitchers he is jumping over to get that chance.

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