Mets agree to terms with first-round pick
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Mets agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Gavin Cecchini for a $2.3 million signing bonus.
The 18-year-old high school shortstop from Lake Charles, La., was taken 12th overall by the Mets in the amateur draft on Monday night. His bonus was $250,000 less than what is slotted for that pick under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Under the labor deal, a team's bonus slots for the first 10 rounds of the draft are added up, and an organization exceeding the total faces a tax and the possibility of losing future picks.
The Mets could use another shortstop. Before they played the Yankees in the Bronx in the opener of the Subway Series on Friday night, , the sixth shortstop the team has used since Jose Reyes left for Miami during the offseason, said he has a broken left index finger. Still, he said the injury is not something that would prevent him from playing, He was in the starting lineup and batting ninth.
''Especially when you're going to play the Yankees. It's a once in a lifetime thing,'' Quintanilla said. ''They said it's as much as I can (tolerate), so I'm going to go and grind it out.''
Cecchini will report to the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for minicamp starting Monday, June 11. He will play for rookie-level for Kingston of the Appalachian League when the schedule begins on June 19.
was in the Mets lineup for the first time since April 23 after being sidelined with a broken rib. Bay originally was set to play Thursday at Washington but was a late scratch because of flulike symptoms.
He was in left field and was batting eighth for the first time in his career.
''TC told me. He said 'Hey, I wanted to make sure I told you.' I said, 'Does it look like I care where I hit? I mean, I haven't played in a while. You don't have to tell me where you're hitting me, just put it up there.'''
Collins said he wanted to give Bay a chance to work his way back up the order. Collins' decision was made easier because Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda were hitting well.
Bay was hitting .240 with three homers and five RBIs when he went on the disbaled list.
Also, the Mets reinstated right-hander Chris Young from the paternity leave list and optioned right-hander Pedro Beato to Triple-A Buffalo. Infielder Josh Satin and pitcher Jack Egbert were sent outright to Buffalo.