Time to sign some picks

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

The clock is ticking.

Right-hander Phillippe Aumont of Gatineau, Que., has until midnight Wednesday to agree to terms with the Seattle Mariners.

The new Basic Agreement pushed ahead the deadline for teams to sign drafted high schoolers and collegians or the team will lose the rights to a player.

In the past, talks could continue until a high schooler attended a university class. Aumont, only the fifth Canadian selected in the first round, went 11th overall in North America to Seattle.

Major League Baseball is adhering to a strict policy on signing bonuses and the 11th pick is slotted to get a signing bonus of $1.71 million US.

There is not a lot of wiggle room for Aumont after the Colorado Rockies signed right-hander Casey Weathers, the eighth pick, for a $1.8-million bonus.

Also unsigned are Arizona Diamondbacks' pick Jarrod Parker (ninth) and San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (10th).

Of the 10 players selected ahead of Aumont, only four have signed: Daniel Moskos (fourth), signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates for a $2.475 -million signing bonus; Ross Detwiler (sixth) by the Washington Nationals for $2.15 million; Matt LaPorta (seventh), by the Milwaukee Brewers for $2 million; and Weathers.

In another rule change, teams would be compensated with a pick next year if they don't sign their first-rounder. The Mariners, for example, would draft right after the team with the 11th pick, as well as get their own first-round pick, if they don't sign Aumont.

If Aumont chooses not to sign, he could attend junior college and enter the 2008 draft.

Blue Jays scouting director Jon Lalonde has batted almost 1.000, signing 21 of the Jays' first 22 picks.

Only Texas Longhorns right-hander Randy Boone, a seventh-rounder, remains unsigned. The Jays offered $25,000 while Boone is said to be asking for a $50,000 signing bonus.

LONG WAIT AHEAD

Mark us down as one of those predicting Tom Glavine might be the final 300 winner for quite some time.

Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Glavine all won their 300 within four years and two months of each other. Clemens' 300th win was 12 years, 10 months and 13 days after Nolan Ryan became the 20th 300-game winner in history. When Ryan won his 300th July 31, 1990, with Texas in Milwaukee, with Jays coach Brad Arnsberg taking over, Clemens had 109 wins, Maddux 52 and Glavine was 31-35.

When Early Wynn won No. 300 on July 13, 1963, Gaylord Perry had been in the big leagues for a year. Of the nine to join the 300-win club since Wynn, Perry is the only one who was in the big leagues when Wynn became the 14th 300-game winner in history.

So, who knows? The next 300-game winner could be 10-6 at triple-A.

STREAK IS OVER

Ontario's bid for a three-peat ended with a 1-0 loss to Quebec in the quarter-finals of the Canada Cup in Quebec City yesterday. Ontario, which went for the bronze last night, was 5-1 in round-robin play, Quebec 0-6.

Thornhill's Nick Fogarty pitched a complete game in the opener, a 4-2 win over Quebec. After a forfeit by B.C., North York's Marcus Knecht hit a three-run homer in a 6-1 win over Saskatchewan.

Toronto's Brett Sanders and Knecht each homered in a 6-5 win over Saskatchewan and Whitby's Evan Grills gained the win in a 4-2 decision over Quebec. Ontario then dropped a 5-1 decision to B.C.

Sarnia's Nick Bucci allowed three hits in the quarter-final loss, while Markham's James Kottaras and Etobicoke's Ryan Panas managed the only hits for Ontario.


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