Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins have never been known to be easy negotiators when it comes to signing players. But, the Marlins have ratcheted up another level after the Major League Baseball draft.
According to Baseball America’s Jim Callis, the Marlins have informed Oklahoma State left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney the team will not sign him before Friday’s deadline.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the deal broke down over money. Heaney wanted a signing bonus of $2.8 million, while the team offered him $2.6 million.
Callis said he “can’t really see them walking away from the number 9 overall pick.” However, it looks like that will be the case.
For the Marlins, they will receive the number ten overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft after being unable to sign Heaney. As for the southpaw, he has the choice of going back to school to play or play independent baseball and then re-enter next years draft.