Smoral intends to sign with Blue Jays
TORONTO — Matt Smoral, who the Blue Jays selected in compensation round A of the First-Year Player Draft, would not reveal the details of his negotiation process with Toronto but confirmed that he will likely reach an agreement with the club.
“I have not signed yet,” said Smoral, who is a North Carolina commit. “We are just going through the normal post-draft negotiations. I’m looking forward to hopefully being a member of the Blue Jays family. I’m excited.
“We are still working on it but it will be over-slot. Right now, we are trying to keep the money confidential.”
Toronto has already saved over $200,000 by signing 10th-rounder Alex Azor and sixth-round pick Eric Phillips well below slot value. That money can now be used to pay some of the team’s marquee Draft selections like Smoral, whose recommended bonus is $1 million, over-slot.
Smoral, a high school senior from Ohio, was tabbed to be a high first-round pick heading into 2012 but missed the majority of the season after undergoing right foot surgery to repair a stress fracture.
The left-hander said his foot is progressing well and he found ways to continue throwing despite the injury.
Smoral wasn’t sure where he was going in the Draft but said many teams showed interest throughout the year.
“The Blue Jays were definitely one of those teams,” Smoral said.
He took a physical in Dunedin on Wednesday but won’t be participating in Toronto’s mini-camp workout this weekend.
Smoral will see a doctor next Thursday for a follow-up visit on his foot.
– Chris Toman