Now Aaron Crow is the only top pick left unsigned. He was known to want over slot money when he was picked, and when a team jumps the market it is typical to wait till the last minute if nothing else out of respect for the other owners. (This whole draft signing kabuki theater seems like a lot of collusion to me, but I'm not a lawyer...).
All along I expected the Nationals to sign Crow at the last minute, but let one or two of their other high round picks to walk. The negotiating in public got my panties in a bunch for a day, but then I realized that I was overreacting and that the Lernastan regime has earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to spending on the farm system.
At this point, if they didn't sign Crow I would be shocked bordering on flabbergasted.
And then the "Lerners Are Cheeeeeeeeap" crowd can go about the business of complaining that the team didn't sign Barry Zito and Andruw Jones. ;-)
- Update: Courtesy of Nationals Journal, courtesy of Baseball America:
* As for the draft picks the Nats signed today, here are their bonus figures, per Baseball America
ESPINOSA -- $525,000
HICKS -- $475,000
What does it mean? More above-slot signings from the Nats.
Just to recap, Espinosa was taken 87th overall. The No. 86 player, Brent Morel (White Sox) received $440,000; the No. 89 player, Tim Murphy (Rangers) received $436,000.
Hicks, meanwhile, was taken 121st overall. The No. 120 player, Drew O'Neil (White Sox), received $260,000. The No. 122 player, T.J. Steele (Astros), received $267,000. Hicks' bonus is the third-highest given to a fourth-round pick. The first pick of that round, Ty Morrison, No. 113, (Rays) received an even $500,000. So did pick No. 131, Matt Cerda (Cubs), a high school shortstop.