Orioles president Andy MacPhail just told Sun baseball guy Dan Connolly there is nothing new to report on the final day to negotiate with top draft pick Brian Matusz. That's doesn't necessarily mean that negotiations have slowed. It might just mean that it's still before business hours on the West Coast.
Matusz was in Baltimore yesterday for a physical, so it's down to the final dollar figure and roster conditions. Since I don't believe the kid is going to leave several million dollars on the table and risk his valuable arm on another college season, I'm pretty confident something will be announced late this afternoon. Hope they don't make us sweat it out all night.
Now, for what happens after Matusz is under contract: Nobody is saying anything official, but you can probably assume that the Orioles will treat him much like they did Matt Wieters and pitching prospect Jake Arrieta last year.
Wieters went to Aberdeen to work out with the Ironbirds, but was not activated. He made his professional debut in the Hawaiian Winter League. Arrieta also started out in the fall, leading the Arizona Fall League in ERA (0.00). If I was guessing, I'd go with the AFL for Matusz, but first things first.
Olympic update: Arrieta (left) has yet to make an appearance for Team USA, which has lost two of its first three games. His only competitive appearance for Team USA was in an Aug. 4 game against Canada in Durham, N.C. He pitched three innings and gave up three runs. Team USA plays next against Canada tomorrow morning in Beijing (actually, tonight at 10:30 EDT).