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Florida baseball signee Brady Singer doesn't sign with Blue Jays, will play for Gators

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The rich get richer.

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Florida's 2016 pitching staff was already set up to be potentially legendary: The incredibly talented A.J. Puk is in line to be one of the first picks in the 2016 MLB Draft, but might not even be Florida's Friday starter if the more consistent Logan Shore retains his spot, and Dane Dunning and Alex Faedo would seem set to scrap for the No. 3 starter role. And then there's Brett Morales, a freshman who threw six perfect innings in a midweek start in February.

And now it's adding another second-round pick: Florida signee Brady Singer, taken with the No. 56 pick in June's MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, will play for the Gators instead of going pro.

Update: Singer himself tweeted confirmation of the decision to come to Florida.

Singer's decision comes as a surprise, given where he was picked. It's also final: The 5 p.m. Eastern Friday deadline for MLB teams to reach contracts with their 2015 draft picks has passed.

Scout's Cody Jones has more on Singer:

The slot value of the No. 56 pick is just more than $1 million, so Singer is almost certainly turning down seven figures to come to Florida and play baseball on a scholarship. He's also the first Florida signee taken in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft to choose college baseball over the pros since Karsten Whitson did so.

Now, we can all hope that Singer has far better luck than the star-crossed Whitson had. If he ends up contributing to Florida's first national championship in 2016, well, that wouldn't be a bad start.