August 17, 2010
Christian Yelich wanted to be a Marlin, but he knew him and his agent had a firm number they had in their mind of what was fair. And they weren’t going to back off it. However just before the deadline for MLB draft picks to sign with their teams past Yelich and the Marlins were able to come to a deal.
“It was definitely a crazy day,” a relieved Yelich said. “It went down to the final two minutes.”
The 6-4 200 pound Yelich is a product of Westlake high school where he played first base, but he won’t necessarily play first for the Marlins. As a high school senior, Yelich batted .450 with nine home runs and 28 stolen bases.
While Yelich is relieved and happy to have signed, the process was stressful for him.
“Those last 10 minutes were the most nervous I’ve ever been,” Yelich said.
“When a deal was done it was more of a relief that it was finished and we could all relax enjoy it and celebrate,” Yelich said.
No rest for the weary though, as Yelich heads out to Marlins camp tomorrow.
“I’m just happy to finall be able to go out and play. I know I’ve got a lot of hardwork ahead of me but I’m excited,” he said