Austin Meadows is close to signing. – Image Credit: Getty Images
Austin Meadows had the following tweet a few minutes ago:
In the Burgh!
— Austin Meadows (@austin_meadows) June 27, 2013
Pretty straight forward: he’s in Pittsburgh. I think a lot of people hope that means he’s about to sign. That’s not necessarily the case. Seventh round pick Buddy Borden went to Pittsburgh after the draft, but it was more for negotiation purposes, and Borden still hasn’t signed. Of course, there’s also this tweet by Jon Heyman:
#pirates are close to a deal with prep OF austin meadows, the No. 9 overall pick.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 27, 2013
So it looks like the two sides are close to a deal. I never expected the signing of Meadows to be an issue, even if it didn’t happen instantly like Reese McGuire’s signing. I did talk with McGuire this afternoon, who is friends with Meadows. McGuire will be on the Pirates Prospects Podcast on Monday, but to release part of the show early, here is what he had to say on whether he’s talked with Meadows recently.
“I’ve been in touch with him a little bit,” McGuire said. “He said he was still working out negotiations and whatnot. But I think he should be getting down here pretty soon. I’m not exactly sure when. He hasn’t really given me a full answer either.”
So even McGuire expects Meadows to sign, and to be down here in Bradenton soon. At any rate, there hasn’t been much to report on Meadows to this point, but now it looks like we’re close to getting the most important news on Meadows in this whole process.