By Matt Vensel
10:30 AM EDT, August 16, 2011
"It was an amazing day" for Joe Jordan and the Orioles on Monday. Negotiations with the team's top targets went down to the wire on Monday night, but the Orioles' director of amateur scouting got it done, agreeing to terms with fourth overall pick Dylan Bundy to a non-record-breaking deal and signing a pair of early-round selections.
"It was an amazing day," Jordan said after the Orioles hammered out a deal with Bundy minutes before Monday’s night midnight deadline. "We played it in the order we wanted. A lot of things happened the way we thought they would. [Director of baseball operations] Matt Klentak was tremendous. We got everything we wanted today, and we had all the support like we always do from [president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail] and [owner Peter Angelos]. I don't know how else it could have been a better day."
The Orioles capped off Monday on West Coast time with just their second win in Oakland since 2008.
But with the Orioles 25 games below .500, Monday was all about the future, and it looks slightly brighter now that Bundy, a powerful high school hurler from Oklahoma, is officially part of the organization. And they didn’t have to break the bank to get him. Bundy initially said he wanted a $30 million bonus, but he agreed to a five-year major league deal reportedly worth a little more than $6 million.
"When you just get down to the player, a special kid, a special talent. Very driven," said Jordan, who sounds downright giddy about getting Bundy. "He has every intangible that the really, really good players have. Barring injury, we agreed to terms with a very special player. It's because of talent. I know this kid, I know his intangibles.
"I think this is a kid that is not afraid to be really, really good."
The Orioles also signed second-round pick Jason Esposito, a third baseman out of Vanderbilt, and Nick Delmonico, a prep third baseman from Tennessee (and the son of a former college coach).
When all was said and done, Jordan and the Orioles had signed 22 of their 50 draft picks, including their top 10 selections. But don’t get discouraged about Jordan not adding more of those draft picks to a farm system that ranks in the bottom half of the league. The Orioles cut ties with their longtime Single-A affiliate in Bluefield, West Va. and shut down one of their teams in the Dominican Republic.
The Orioles pumped the top talent from June’s draft into the pipeline, and that’s what really matters as they try to add quality depth to the organization. “It's a good night,” Jordan told reporters. No kidding.
Your turn: Are you pleased with what Jordan and the Orioles accomplished in the draft or should we consider you unimpressed?
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