The Yankees have reached agreement with another of their trio of first-round picks, lefty prep pitcher Ian Clarkin, who like Eric Jagielo agreed to slot money. The Clarkin signing showed he really does not dislike the Yankees after he created a bit of a stir on draft day by declaring his distaste for baseball's most storied franchise The Yankees' other first-rounder, center fielder Aaron Judge from Fresno State, has been offered slot money by the team but hasn't accepted as yet. Clarkin is the one who made created a very small controversy by declaring his dislike for the Yankees, right before he was picked by them, No. 33 overall. But he did it in a fun way, and later made clear he was joking. His fairly quick signing, for the $1,650,100 slot amount would indicate as much. He is on his way to Tampa Monday for a physical. What Clarkin said at the draft, regarding seeing Diamondback Luis Gonzalez beat the Yankees with a broken-bat hit in the 2001 World Series was, "I was actually in tears, because I cannot stand the Yankees.'' Clarkin, a 6-foot-2 southpaw from James Madison High in San Diego, had a commitment to go to the University of San Diego. He throws in the low 90s and has a big curveball. The Yankees made clear they like him very much the day they drafted him, no matter what he says about Luis Gonzalez. "Ian Clarkin has a combination of the things we were looking for,'' Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer said on the day of the draft. "He's a lefthanded pitcher with plus velocity and has a plus curveball. On top of that, he's a tireless worker. We think we got something special with him.'' Jagielo, the No. 25 pick overall, was Notre Dame's third baseman. He signed for $1,839,400, which was the slot for that pick.
Yankees have deal with top LHP Clarkin, who declared dislike for them
CBS Sports | Jun 17