PITTSBURGH — Catcher Reese McGuire, the 14th overall pick in the baseball draft this month, agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, almost a month ahead of the signing deadline, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The 18-year-old McGuire, from Kentwood High School in Covington, turned down a scholarship offer from the University of San Diego.
Baseball America reported he will sign for $2,369,000, which is $200,800 under the assigned value for the 14th overall pick.
McGuire hit .436 with four home runs for Kentwood this spring. Baseball America had him ranked as the fifth-best position player and 10th-best player overall in the draft.
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“This is a dream come true for all of us as a family,” McGuire said. “I couldn’t be more proud to become a Pirate, and the confidence for the organization to choose me in the draft is very overwhelming. It’s awesome, and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
His biggest worry Tuesday?
“I was a little worried about the urine test, because in the past I’ve gotten a little stage fright,” he said.
McGuire will start his career with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.
San Jose sues MLB over ballpark
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, city officials said in a lawsuit.
The suit disputes MLB’s exemption from federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a “guise” to control the location of teams, according to the suit.
The San Francisco Giants have objected to the A’s potential move on grounds they relied on territorial rights to the San Jose-area market when they built their ballpark, AT & T Park.
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• Kevin Youkilis needs back surgery and Mark Teixeira returned to the 15-day disabled list with an aching wrist, the latest injury setbacks for the depleted Yankees. Youkilis will miss at least 10-12 weeks after surgery.
• First-round draft pick Braden Shipley, a right-hander from Nevada, signed a $2.25 million contract with Arizona. He will join the Hillsboro (Ore.) Hops of the Class A Northwest League.