I’ll keep track of links, signings and speculation here. This post will be pushed to the front until the signing deadline has passed. Use this post to discuss the latest rumors, news, and of course, signings.
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“Not so much progress at this point,” Bywater said. “I’d like to be optimistic, I guess we are kind of at a standstill,” he said.
Update – 4:41 PM (8/16)
Austin Urban wants to play pro ball:
Urban was taken in the 27th round and told me a few moments ago that he hopes this day ends with his agreeing to terms with the Orioles. He has a college commitment to Penn State, but said his goal is to join the O’s and begin his pro career.
“It is for sure. I think it’s a good organization with some good young players and I’d like to be a part of it,” Urban said.
I asked him if he felt the negotiations had a reached a point that the sides were not that far apart.
“I think so. Some things are just dragging out right now.”
Update – 3:32 PM
Jordan said that the Orioles could use the money that was set aside for the two college pitchers and put it toward a toward a couple of high school players they selected later in the draft. Austin Urban, a right-handed pitcher out of Pennsylvania selected in the 27th round, and Jaime Esquivel, a right-hander out of Texas picked in the 28th round, could now get offers.
“We’ll complete our draft with some younger high school players that do want to go play, but have basically been waiting on me to extend an offer to them,” Jordan said.
Update – 3:22 PM
Based on what I’ve heard from my brother’s coach, who also serves as a part time scout for the orioles, it sounds like Urban is headed off to school and is asking for way more than the orioles feel he’s worth. However, that could change if the reports on Anderson and Bywater are true.
Update – 3:01 PM
Quotes from Joe Jordan:
“I’m not worried,” Jordan said of Machado’s signability which, along an unprecedented amount of top picks this year, figures to go down to the wire. “I’m not surprised by anything. It’s the way it is. And I don’t have to like it, but there’s only so much we can do right now.”
Jordan said negotiations with both Anderson and Bywater were expected to be difficult when they gambled on selecting them and the organization wasn’t misled by either player.
“I can’t be irresponsible,” Jordan said. “I work off of the value that our staff puts on these players. And there are times when I feel like I get out of my comfort zone. I feel like we are overpaying some, but never to the degree where I think I shouldn’t be doing this, but I’m doing it anyway.”
Update – 2:32 PM
Matt Bywater still open to signing:
“We are still in negotiations,” Bywater, a 21-year-old lefty said this afternoon from his home in Thousand Oaks, California. “It’s not a done deal on either side.”
Update – 2:18 PM
The O’s won’t sign sixth-round pick RHP Dixon Anderson and likely won’t reach an agreement with seventh-rounder LHP Matthew Bywater, either. Jordan said he knew going in that both of them would be tougher signs, and the Orioles gambled because they were the best available players at the time.