Early Friday morning, Harper declared on his Facebook page that he’s, “Probably going back to [the College of Southern Nevada] to win a National Championship!” and Machado quickly joined in by saying he’d like to join Harper there. The deadline for both players to sign with the clubs that drafted them is Aug. 16.
I’m very confident Machado will sign. Most of those top-round players will sign around that Aug. 16 deadline.
Joe Jordan added:
Playing for the Orioles is what he wants and that’s what we want. And if it’s what both sides want, we will find a way to get it done.
I’m not sure I buy all of the hype, but this certainly makes things interesting as we approach the August 16 signing deadline. I’m going to take these rumors with a grain of salt.
UPDATE: 2:38 AM – Here’s a picture with Machado’s comments, which he deleted shortly after posting them:
UPDATE: 1:28 PM – Jim Callis makes a good point over Twitter. He still believes both will sign: