Cards agree to terms with top three Draft picks

Jenifer Langosch/

The Cardinals have reached agreements with each of their top three Draft picks –left-handers Marco Gonzales and Rob Kaminsky, as well as shortstop Oscar Mercado  — has learned.

All three will be traveling to St. Louis next week to undergo a physical. The Cardinal will make the signings official after each player passes his physical.

Gonzales, taken with the No. 19, has agreed to a signing bonus of $1.85 million, slightly below the slot value ($2.0558) assigned to that pick. Kaminsky, the 28th selection in the First-Year Player Draft, is set to sign at slot for $1.7853 million.

The Cardinals lured Oscar Mercado away from his college commitment to Florida State University  by giving him a higher-than-slot signing bonus of $1.5 million. The value assigned to the 57th overall pick had been $971,400.

Those signing bonuses total $5.1353 million, leaving the Cardinals with $1.7726 million remaining in their pool of slot money. All players signed from the first 10 rounds count against that pool, as well as any players drafted after the 10th round who sign for more than $100,000.

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Jenifer – I being 86 years old, it’s now impossible for me to get to the ball park. Would you know if I could possibly purchase one of the world Series rings that were given to fans earlier this season ? I know of no one else to ask. I have been a Cardinal fan since 1937, and had a try-out with them in 1946. I switched to softball and pitched until I was 50 years old. I was voted into the softball Hall of Fame in 1985. I know this is a long shot, but maybe worth a try. Thank You very much. Floyd………Champaign, Il. P.S. I read all your articles and enjoy them very much.

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