Though it was unlikely a deal wouldn’t have gotten done, former Georgia Tech pitcher Deck McGuire signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, beating the midnight deadline by one minute.
He agreed to a minor-league contract with a $2 million bonus.
McGuire was selected 11th in this year’s Major League Baseball amateur draft after going 28-7 with a 3.28 ERA in three seasons at Tech.
The Yellow Jackets had four players — McGuire, and three signees — who had been drafted but yet to sign with their clubs as of Monday morning.
Alex Lavisky signed with the Indians Monday afternoon.
Matthew Grimes, a 6-5 pitcher from Mill Creek, didn’t reach an agreement with the White Sox, who selected him in the fourth round.
DeAndre Smelter, another big pitcher from Tattnall Square Academy who was selected by the Twins in the 14th round, didn’t sign.
Barring something odd, Grimes and Smelter should join Tech for the 2010 season.
I hope to talk to Tech baseball coach Danny Hall later today.