9 Responses

  1. Mark
    Mark August 17, 2010 at 12:33 am |

    Just curious, what does the minor leauge contract mean exactly? Can we lose him to another team?

    1. ADLC
      ADLC August 17, 2010 at 12:38 am |

      Its all about the Arb clock. Standard signings are minor league deals, a guy on a major league deal can get their clock started sooner, and gets the big checks sooner.

      Basically they get put on the major league 40 man, meaning if they get set to a minor league team it uses up one of their options. Since you get three option years it means he would basically be guaranteed to be in the majors in either 2013 if he plays this year or 2014 if he doesnt.

      1. Mark
        Mark August 17, 2010 at 12:59 am |

        Thanks for clarifying

    2. Jordan
      Jordan August 17, 2010 at 1:00 am |

      ADLC sums it up nicely…

      A minor league contract means the Orioles will have 6 years before he has to go on the MLB 40 man, or they risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft. He’ll most likely be in the majors in 3-4 years, so there’s no chance we lose him.

  2. ADLC
    ADLC August 17, 2010 at 12:33 am |

    From the smoke/fire file, Im a little surprised Urban didn’t get done.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan August 17, 2010 at 1:00 am |

      Same…looked like he’d get done after seeing Melewski’s post, but the O’s just never bumped their offer.

  3. Ben
    Ben August 17, 2010 at 12:55 am |

    I know $5.25M is a lot, but its gotta be worth it for Machado. Anyone drawing comparisons to A-Rod must be signed, plus anyone they’d be drafting at #4 next year (Rendon, Purke, Cole, or Jungmann) won’t be better a year later. Great signing, great future.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan August 17, 2010 at 12:58 am |

      Couldn’t agree more. Add in the fact next years comp. pick would be unprotected, and we wouldn’t get anyone with as much talent as Machado.

      1. ADLC
        ADLC August 17, 2010 at 1:14 am |

        Plus we would be talking about 2 top 5 picks, so over 10M combined probably.