HOLLYWOOD — Friday marks the deadline for players selected in the MLB Draft to sign their contracts.
Thursday, Arizona star Bobby Dalbec signed his with the Boston Red Sox.
The Seattle Mariners, though, shouldn't expect their 24th-round pick to sign on the dotted line.
On draft day, he was listed as a center fielder from the Wildcats.
That 'center fielder' is a little busy, you know, playing wide receiver for the Arizona football team. Trey Griffey, that is.
Last month, Seattle selected Griffey as a sort of ceremonial pick in honor of his father Ken Griffey Jr., who will be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame later this month. His father, of course, wore No. 24 in his playing days with the Mariners.
UA coach Rich Rodriguez was never all too concerned about losing one of his best receivers. He addressed it at Pac-12 Media Day on Thursday.
"I didn’t know they had that many rounds," Rodriguez said. "What do they have, 60-something rounds? They’ve drafted like, third graders too before. I don’t think Trey took that too seriously. I don’t think he’s ever hit a curveball in his life!"
Griffey, listed at 6 foot 3, is expected to play a key role for Arizona for his senior season in 2016, as he's the only returning receiver taller than 6 foot 1.
"He’d probably be a good baseball player if he committed to that," Rodriguez said, "but there’s a reason why he’s playing football, and it ain’t to go to the MLB."