SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants appeared destined to go to the final day of the signing period in their efforts to reach an agreement with right-hander Zack Wheeler, their No. 1 selection (sixth overall) in June's First-Year Player Draft. Last August, the Giants announced their accord with catcher Buster Posey, who received a $6.2 million bonus, in the final hour before the deadline. The Giants can continue to negotiate with Wheeler and his representatives until 9 p.m. PT on Monday.More
"We're getting closer," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said on Sunday. "I think we'll get it done. But it's not done yet." Wheeler posted a 9-0 record with an 0.54 ERA in 13 games for East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., this season. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder struck out 151 and walked 20 in 77 2/3 innings. He allowed 31 hits, as opponents batted .118 against him. Named the 2009 Gatorade High School Player of the Year for Georgia, Wheeler compiled a 95-36 record in four varsity seasons.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less