Yankees agree to $1.2 million deal with Hensley
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have agreed to a contract with first-round draft pick Ty Hensley, giving the pitcher a $1.2 million signing bonus.
Hensley, an 18-year-old right-hander from Santa Fe High in Edmond, Okla., originally agreed to a $1.6 million deal but accepted the lower signing bonus after an MRI on June 8 detected what agent Rob Martin said was an abnormality in his pitching shoulder.
``There's no sense in being bitter about my reduced bonus or medical situation,'' Hensley said in a statement. ``I'm still living a dream and grateful for the opportunity.''
Hensley was 10-0 with a 1.52 ERA in 11 games this year with 111 strikeouts in 55 1-3 innings.
As the 30th pick overall in the draft, Hensley had a $1.6 million slot value for the Yankees' bonus pool under baseball's new labor contract. His contract includes a $200,000 college scholarship plan.
``People have told me all along that there was the game of baseball and the business of baseball,'' Hensley said. ``All I know is that I'm ready to get back to playing baseball. I'm healthy and throwing up to 98 mph and have never had any shoulder trouble, period. At the end of the day I have decided that the best place for me to prove that this `abnormal' is my `normal' is on the field in pro ball, and I can't think of an organization I'd rather do it with than the New York Yankees.''