Earlier this week, the Orioles decided to withdraw their offer to second-round selection Mychal Givens and turn their attention to signing other draft picks.
The effects are already being felt as the team finalized a deal with 22nd-round selection Cameron Coffey, a left-handed pitcher from Houston, that includes a $990,000 bonus, according to Baseball America.
No, that's not a typo.
To put the number into perspective, consider that some players who were picked in the end of the first round didn't receive that much as a signing bonus.
The question is: Why would the Orioles give so much money to a late-round pick?Well, several experts believed the high school left-hander would be selected in the top two rounds of the 2009 MLB draft before Tommy John surgery ended his senior season early in the spring.
According to Baseball America's Jim Callis, Coffey's deal is the largest ever for a player who had Tommy John surgery just before the draft.
Coffey was reportedly throwing in the low-to-mid 90s before he injured his elbow. However, until this spring, the young left-hander's fastball had been clocked consistently in the mid-80s.
While the large signing bonus shows that the Orioles are clearly impressed with his potential, I'm not sure that it's going to be a great deal for the future of the organization.
The Orioles will look incredibly smart if the 6-foot-5 pitcher returns to throwing his fastball in the 90s, but it won't be viewed as a wise move if his fastball stays in the mid-80s upon his recovery.
To me, the large amount of money reportedly given to Coffey makes it an extremely risky signing.
It's an excellent move to draft a player with second-round talent in the 22nd round, but I'm not sure that it's a wise decision if you need to give him first-round money to sign.
Maybe I'm reacting a little harshly right now. I'll reserve final judgment until after Coffey begins his career in the Orioles' minor league system, but I'm being skeptical at this time.
I know there are a lot of Orioles fans out there who want the team to spend more money, so perhaps this is a good start to that philosophy.
What does everyone think about this signing? Was it a good move? Am I making a big deal out of nothing?