The Philadelphia Phillies were pressing, but Mitch Walding wouldn't budge. He had a number and he was sticking to it. With the Phillies about an hour away from Monday's 9 p.m. deadline to reach an agreement with their fifth-round pick in the 2011 draft, they finally gave Walding an offer he couldn't refuse.
After tense negotiations between Phillies representatives and Walding at his Lodi home on Monday evening, the two sides finally reached a deal that officially set Walding's professional career in motion.
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