Matusz speaks out (sort of)
Negotiations between the Orioles and top draft choice Brian Matusz obviously have reached a critical stage -- critical enough that Matusz and his agent have begun a modest public relations campaign to assure their side of the story is heard.
Matusz e-mailed Sun beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec late last night to say both sides are working hard to reach an agreement, and that he would sign as soon as he gets "a fair (but not record-breaking) deal." Check out Jeff's story.
Don't know how that's going to play with the Orioles, but all you have to do is look at the last two major league box scores to see how important it is that they get this kid signed and continue to improve organizational pitching depth.
If I were betting on this, I'd say it's still 70-30 the kid comes in, but with less than three days until the Orioles lose the right to sign him, it's fair to start sweating. Of course, if it's over 65 degrees, I already am, but that's a different issue.
Don't be surprised if the rhetoric ramps up in the next 24 hours. These things can get tense, but at least there's finally some noise.