All Bundy, all the time
The story of the day for the Orioles will play out far away from Oakland, where the big league team opens a three-game series against the Athletics tonight. Back in Baltimore, Director of Amateur Scouting Joe Jordan will be on the phone, trying to hammer out a deal with top draft pick Dylan Bundy before tonight’s midnight deadline.
Bundy, a right-handed starter who was the fourth overall pick out of Owasso High School in Oklahoma, obviously won’t get the $30 million deal that was originally floated as his asking price before the June draft. He may get about a fifth of that. Jordan seems pretty confident that a deal will get done, so assuming that is the case, there are two big questions for me:
Will Bundy get the biggest bonus in team history? Matt Wieters currently holds that distinction after getting a $6 million signing bonus in 2007.
And will the Orioles give Bundy a Major League deal, which would mean that he’d go on the 40-man roster, be at big league spring training in February, and then use the first of his options when he is sent down to the minors during the spring? The Orioles have given out big league deals before, most notably to Brian Matusz and Adam Loewen .
Anyway, here is a look at the signing bonuses of Jordan’s first-round picks during his tenure as scouting director:
2010: Manny Machado, 3rd overall: $5.25 million
2009: Matt Hobgood, 5th overall: $2.42 million
2008: Brian Matusz, 4th overall: $3.2 million
2007: Matt Wieters, 5th overall: $6 million
2006: Billy Rowell, 9th overall: $2.1 million
2005: Brandon Snyder, 13th overall: $1.7 million
And while Bundy is the headliner, Jordan will also look to finalize deals with second-rounder Jason Esposito, a third baseman out of Vanderbilt; and sixth-rounder, Nick Delmonico, a prep third baseman from Tennessee.
Baseball America reported late last night that the Orioles have agreed to terms with 26th-round pick Zach Davies, a right-handed prep pitcher out of Arizona. The former Arizona State commit will reportedly get $575,000. I was told last night that this deal isn't done, but it could be headed in that direction. When it becomes official, Davies will become the 19th draft pick to agree to terms with the Orioles.