James Paxton signs for just under $1 million; Trever Miller turns to marathons; Aaron Cook denies he was out of shape

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Trever Miller; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Jim Callis of Baseball America reports former UK left-handed pitcher James Paxton‘s signing bonus with the Seattle Mariners is worth $942,000. Since the Blue Jays reportedly offered Paxton $1 million as the team’s first-supplemental round pick in 2010, he almost broke even despite not pitching in college in 2010.
  • Jeff Pearlman of Sports Illustrated profiles Louisville native Trever Miller and his new role as a marathon runner, which he found while dealing with his daughter’s debilitating illness.
  • Jon Heyman of SI reports one-time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis has impressed scouts during Cleveland Indians Spring Training and should reach the MLB roster by June.
  • Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, who was born in Fort Campbell, denied a SI report, which we linked yesterday, that he showed up to camp out of  shape.
  • In a separate story Renck reports Cook has no pain in his shoulder after receiving medical treatment and feels he still has time to make the Rockies’ starting rotation. Cook will throw a bullpen session this week.
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