Jordan still waiting on Big Three, agrees to terms with McCracken
Orioles Director of Amateur Scouting Joe Jordan has a flight from Los Angeles back to Oklahoma today after he was in California to scout the Area Code Games.
Jordan said that the club remains in negotiations with top-pick Dylan Bundy, second-rounder Jason Esposito and sixth-rounder Nick Delmonico, but "nothing has changed" in regards to their status. The Orioles have until midnight Monday to sign their 2011 draft picks.
"We’re working on it and we’re trying to make our points, but you have to have a willingness to get something done on both sides right now and that may not be until Monday," Jordan said. "That’s the way it is. There are things going on. We’re working on it. I wish I had a whole lot to give you, but there's really not much I can say."
Jordan will likely talk to Bundy's camp later today and tomorrow, but as expected, it would be very surprising if anything gets done there too much before Monday's deadline. At this point, Delmonico is planning to play for the University of Georgia. The Orioles would have to throw an awful lot of money at the catcher/third baseman to get him to change his mind, but they still have hopes of signing him.
Jordan, meanwhile, has expressed some frustration about an inability to get a deal done with Esposito, the third baseman out of Vanderbilt.
The Orioles did agree to terms earlier this week with 42nd-rounder Jason McCracken, a right-handed pitcher out of Poway, Calif. McCracken, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound 19-year-old, signed a 2012 contract. That means that while he'll report to Sarasota, he'll just work out with the club and he won't be activated to the roster because it's so late in the season.
McCracken's signing means the Orioles have agreed to terms with 18 of their 50 picks.