Miami Marlins May Lose Another Early-Round Draft Pick

By Ryan Gaydos
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The Miami Marlins drafted North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran with its first pick in the 2013 MLB Draft a month ago. After Moran finished the College World Series with the team, the focus for Miami now is to get him and whoever else from the draft signed.

The Marlins have offered Moran a contract to match the slot value, which is $3.516 million. Moran is expected to sign the contract with the Marlins before the deadline and he might be the easier signee for Miami. The Marlins lost out on second-round pick Matt Krook and may lose out on its third-round pick.

Ben Deluzio was taken by Miami in the third round out of high school. Deluzio also has an offer from Florida State to play baseball there and reports claim that Deluzio is leaning towards playing for the Seminoles next spring instead of signing a contract that would be worth up to $681.7K. This is the latest problem for Miami after losing out on Krook. If they can only get one player to sign out of the top-three rounds, it would be a disastrous draft.

This is the Marlins next step after the Ricky Nolasco trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers that happened last week. The Marlins are in full rebuild mode and who knows how much longer they will be this way.

Nolasco said his final goodbyes Sunday to the Marlins but he is ready to help pitch the Dodgers into the playoffs.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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