I have been without internet access for three weeks and was very pleased to come back and see that the O's had locked up Matusz and that the actual player was making an effort to extend himself to the fan base. Anyways, I thought it would be appropriate to round up the top 10 draft picks to see how much they made in comparison to Brian.
1.) Tim Beckham - Tampa Bay signed him on June 19 for a $6.15 million bonus.
2.) Pedro Alvarez - Pittsburgh was able to whittle down Boras to a measly $6 million.
3.) Eric Hosmer - The Royals got him at the last second for $6 million.
4.) Brian Matusz - What seemed inevitable was finally finalized by Baltimore as the San Diego pitcher got a $3.47 million bonus.
5.) Buster Posey - The highly touted catcher from Florida State was reeled in by the Giants for a whopping $6.2 million. Good work, Scotty.
6.) Kyle Skipworth - The Marlins drafted to fill a hole and nabbed the impressive high school catcher in late June for $2.3 million.
7.) Yonder Alonso - The Reds passed on Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham to snag the Miami first baseman for $4.5 million guaranteed.
8.) Gordon Beckham - The Chicago White Sox signed the former team captain to a minor league deal including a $2.6 million bonus.
9.) Aaron Crow - I feel bad for the Nationals, I really do. Crow was arguably the best pitcher coming out of this draft, and he slid all the way down to nine for the Nats but they still failed to signed him as he was asking for somewhere around the $4 million mark, which was apparently far too much. Instead, Crow has opted to play for the Fort Worth Cats.
10.) Jason Castro - The Astros wrapped up the top 10 by signing Jason Castro to a minor league deal in mid July as yet another catcher was taken early.
Also of note - Justin Smoak, who was carefully scrutinized and targeted by the Orioles, signed at 11 with the Rangers for $3.5 Million.
All things considered, I think that the O's did pretty well.