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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Pending physical, Astros’ signing of No. 1 pick is done deal

Correa is in Houston for a physical, and the team hopes to have him at Minute Maid Park on Thursday afternoon as an Astro.

“We’ve approved the amount, and we hope that he’ll sign this agreement and pass the physical,” Crane said.

GM Jeff Luhnow said no deal was in place before the draft (such an agreement would be against the rules), but he got a good understanding of what it would take.

“We did have some discussions with our first pick and his group prior to the selection,” Luhnow said. “That’s normal, standard practice. It was not an agreement. It was a discussion of general neighborhoods and areas. The purpose of those discussions is just to get a sense of whether or not a deal can be done.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2012 at 05:28 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Austin Posted: June 07, 2012 at 09:59 PM (#4151319)
I have to say, I'm pretty surprised that Correa's agent was willing to let him sign for 2/3 of the slot amount. I'd think they'd have a fair amount of leverage to go above that.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2012 at 10:29 PM (#4151344)

I have to say, I'm pretty surprised that Correa's agent was willing to let him sign for 2/3 of the slot amount. I'd think they'd have a fair amount of leverage to go above that.


It was a pre-draft deal. Correia was willing to take less than slot, because if he doesn't, he probably slides to #3 or worse which would have been worth around $5 mill or less, which is about what he got anyway, and at least his way he gets the privilege of being the #1 overall pick.

John Manuel of BA was on my local radio station today saying that he interviewed a bunch of college seniors that said basically they took $5k bonuses from teams simply for the right to say they were a single-digit round draft pick.
   3. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: June 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM (#4151385)
According to MLBTradeRumors, Brewers and Mets also signed their first round picks already.

They also have this, about the Nationals:

The team's draft day war room included a draft board charting prospects by how likely they were to sign. The Nationals called prospects each round with a set bonus figure in mind and asked if they would accept. “If it was a ‘no,’ we passed,” Kline said. “If they were hesitant at all, we passed. You just have to....We had to do our due diligence with signability with everybody with the new system in place, because you have limitations. There’s certain guys that were requiring too much money.”

Which seems really weird and not exactly the best way to go about things, but is a consequence of the new system. I wonder if other teams did the same thing (presumably yes, or a version).
   4. Meatwad Posted: June 07, 2012 at 11:35 PM (#4151394)
Di first roubd picks roll ovrr to next year if they dont sign?
   5. Tripon Posted: June 08, 2012 at 12:13 AM (#4151406)
Correa might also like the idea he knows he's going to the Astros. He avoids the whole idea that he has to leave his fate up to a team that might like him. He knows the Astros do like him.
   6. Squash Posted: June 08, 2012 at 12:50 AM (#4151416)
Correa might also like the idea he knows he's going to the Astros. He avoids the whole idea that he has to leave his fate up to a team that might like him. He knows the Astros do like him.

Knowing where you're going is definitely a positive. I'm pretty sure Correa didn't have to worry about going to a team the liked him though, there are 29 other teams that would gladly take him.

What this signing means is they'll have somewhere around $3-$3.5 to sign McCullers. The Astros got "lucky" this year - there was no one worth the $7.5 (i.e. the bonus Strasburg got) and they had the first pick so they were able to draft two 1st round talents. I imagine they would much rather have had a transcendent talent like Strasburg or Harper come up in their year however.
   7. base ball chick Posted: June 08, 2012 at 02:25 AM (#4151429)
where does it say how much he signed for, because i can't find it anywhere

college seniors have like zero leverage. they can sign for whatever they are offered or play indy ball
   8. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: June 08, 2012 at 07:38 AM (#4151444)
where does it say how much he signed for, because i can't find it anywhere

Rotoworld is citing Heyman and saying it's a $4.8 million deal.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2012 at 08:37 AM (#4151466)

According to MLBTradeRumors, Brewers and Mets also signed their first round picks already.


The Braves have signed their first five round picks. Jays sign supp pick Matt Smoral and Cards signed supp pick Patrick Wisdom.


Which seems really weird and not exactly the best way to go about things, but is a consequence of the new system. I wonder if other teams did the same thing (presumably yes, or a version).


They need to allow teams to negotiate before the draft. Having 30 seconds to work this stuff out is ridiculous.
   10. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: June 08, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4151512)
Like I said in another thread, there was a slightly longer gap between picks on day 2 (rds 2-15 or so) than in past years ... I think this was partly to allow teams a little more negotiation time.

McCullers (who I'm confident will sign) may not need the whole 3-3.5mil (though that wouldn't surprise me either - he's a Boras guy, right?) - it might be as low as 2.5m. Whatever that difference could go to the Virants of the world.

Smoral was for $2M, iirc.
   11. deputydrew Posted: June 08, 2012 at 10:33 AM (#4151535)
I don't like the new draft slotting system, but I do like that it will most likely get picks to sign earlier and to their minor league teams shortly after the draft. I hated the August 15 staring contest that kept kids out of baseball from the end of their college/high school season and spring training or maybe some sort of fall ball.
   12. Randy Jones Posted: June 08, 2012 at 10:37 AM (#4151539)
I hated the August 15 staring contest that kept kids out of baseball from the end of their college/high school season and spring training or maybe some sort of fall ball.


Much of that was caused by Selig and not the date itself. He "suggested" to teams that were going to sign players for near or over the recommended slot value that they wait until the last day to sign the deal, so that other players couldn't use those deals in negotiations.
   13. deputydrew Posted: June 08, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4151621)

Much of that was caused by Selig and not the date itself. He "suggested" to teams that were going to sign players for near or over the recommended slot value that they wait until the last day to sign the deal, so that other players couldn't use those deals in negotiations.


You're absolutely right, but I'll still be happy that these kids get into their organizations earlier than in years past.

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