Cards, Draft pick Flaherty on verge of finalizing deal

Cards, Draft pick Flaherty on verge of finalizing deal

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals signed their first pick, Luke Weaver, from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Monday and expect their other first-rounder, Jack Flaherty, to be at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to undergo his physical and finalize an already agreed upon deal.

While Weaver received the bonus equivalent to the No. 27 overall slot ($1.843 million), Flaherty, the 34th overall pick, required an above-slot bonus to forgo his commitment to the University of North Carolina.

Once Flaherty is officially inked, the Cardinals will have signed nine of the 12 players they picked in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. One of those still unsigned is right-hander Trevor Megill, a Loyola Marymount University (Calif.) product who missed his junior season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Megill's Draft stock dropped because of the injury, and the Cardinals drafted him with the intention of scouting him during his Cape Cod League appearances before beginning negotiations. Megill is expected to command a signing bonus higher than his slot value of $504,400 or else go back to school to prove himself healthy during his senior season.

Megill made his Cape Cod League debut over the weekend with Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz in attendance.

"We're going to continue to monitor him from here on out and hopefully come to some sort of resolution here soon," Kantrovitz said. "I don't have specifics on a time frame with that yet."

The Cardinals will scout Megill's subsequent appearances. The team has until July 18 to sign picks taken in the Draft, but the organization will make a determination on Megill before then so it can allocate its financial resources elsewhere if an agreement is not reached.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.