Will Dansby Swanson Sign with Diamondbacks?


Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft to the Arizona Diamondbacks, has still yet to sign a contract with a deadline set for 2:00 p.m. MST on Friday to get a deal done.

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Last year, No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken didn’t get a deal done with the Houston Astros to become just the third first overall pick in 50 drafts to not sign a deal. I do not expect Swanson to become the fourth.

The main problem facing the Swanson party and the Diamondbacks right now is deciding how much value Swanson holds to determine how much money the Vanderbilt stud will make.

The Diamondbacks have signed all of their other top-10 round draft picks, so if they are unable to land Swanson they won’t have much to spend the money they would save by not signing the first overall pick.

Jim Callis, writer for MLB.com, breaks down how much money Swanson could be looking at making from his first contract…

"Swanson should blow by 2015’s current top Draft bonus, which is the $5.9 million that the Astros paid No. 2 overall choice Alex Bregman. Swanson also should fall well short of the assigned value for the top slot, which is $8,616,900. To put that amount in perspective, the highest bonus is Draft history is the $8 million the Pirates paid No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole in 2011, the last year before the bonus-pool system came into play."

I don’t know about you, but I would be 100 percent okay with making around $8 million to play baseball. Sign me up.

MLBPipeline.com tracks all signings of players drafted in the top-10 rounds of the MLB Draft and it has been noted by Callis that only 11 of the 315 players chosen in the top-10 rounds have not reached deals yet.

If the Diamondbacks are unable to sign Swanson they will receive the second overall pick in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft as compensation.