Bauer's deal with Arizona is solid development for Orioles

There have been no recent developments in the quest to sign fourth-overall selection, Dylan Bundy, before the Aug.15 deadline to sign 2011 draft picks, but the Arizona Diamondbacks certainly didn’t hurt the Orioles’ cause earlier this week.

The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer, the third overall selection, on a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $.4.45 million. The Major League deal could be worth as much as $6.95 million if Bauer, the former UCLA Bruin, makes it to the big leagues at the start of next season, and stays with the club.

What does this mean for the Orioles and Bundy?

Well, we already know that Bundy, the Oklahoma High School pitcher who some pundits felt had the most upside in the draft, is not going to get the $30 million deal that he is reportedly seeking.

In fact, if Bauer’s deal is a guide – and it’s not a totally fair comparison because Bauer is a college pitcher who could move through Arizona’s system quickly, while Bundy is still 18 – then you figure Bundy’s deal will come in slightly under the $6 million bonus that the Orioles gave catcher Matt Wieters in 2007.

Now, I’m sure Bundy’s agent, Jay Franklin, will argue that Bundy is once-in-a-lifetime talent, and make comparisons to Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg, a college pitcher who was drafted first overall in 2009 and given a record four-year $15.1 million deal. Franklin wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t.

However, I’m sure he also realizes that shortstop Manny Machado, represented by Scott Boras, was considered the best high school position player in the 2010 draft and had even drawn some (albeit silly) comparisons to Alex Rodriguez. He also plays a premium position. The Orioles drafted him third overall and got him signed for $5.25 million.

It will probably take a little more than that to agree to terms with Bundy, but it probably shouldn’t be much more. And either way, Bundy stands to be one very rich teenager.

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