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With Stewart the only one unsigned and McKenna and Hughes' bonuses unannounced, I think it comes down how the excess pool money is split between Stewart and McKenna. It seems like Hughes will sign for under slot, it was a surprise that he was taken as early as he was, he was #255 in BA's top 500, the only one of the top 5 picks outside their top 200. McKenna seemed like the most likely to require an over-slot bonus of the top 6 picks. He went in the fourth round despite being an early BA top-100 HS player, and BA has him #4 among the Orioles draftees after Stewart, Mountcastle and Fenter. As of now the Orioles are $21,300 over their slot pool on signed players. My guess is that Hughes signs for $600k at the very most, freeing up $300k for Stewart and McKenna. Hughes may sign for less.

I am not surprised that these are the last three unsigned/unannounced. We will see if Boras can squeeze the Orioles to go into the 5 percent taxed area of their pool to get Stewart a few more sheckles.

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With Stewart the only one unsigned and McKenna and Hughes' bonuses unannounced, I think it comes down how the excess pool money is split between Stewart and McKenna. It seems like Hughes will sign for under slot, it was a surprise that he was taken as early as he was, he was #255 in BA's top 500, the only one of the top 5 picks outside their top 200. McKenna seemed like the most likely to require an over-slot bonus of the top 6 picks. He went in the fourth round despite being an early BA top-100 HS player, and BA has him #4 among the Orioles draftees after Stewart, Mountcastle and Fenter. As of now the Orioles are $21,300 over their slot pool on signed players. My guess is that Hughes signs for $600k at the very most, freeing up $300k for Stewart and McKenna. Hughes may sign for less.

I am not surprised that these are the last three unsigned/unannounced. We will see if Boras can squeeze the Orioles to go into the 5 percent taxed area of their pool to get Stewart a few more sheckles.

Has there been any more information reported about McKenna's position? IIRC, Duq had suggested he'd move McKenna to 2B where his bat would play up better. It would be similar to an LJ Hoes situation. Hopefully it would work out better for McKenna

McKenna full pick value $414,700.

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McKenna full pick value $414,700.

Right on, not sure how I missed that up earlier. Mayo reported that yesterday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">4th-rder Ryan McKenna bonus w/<a href="https://twitter.com/Orioles">@Orioles</a> = $414,700 (full pick value at No. 133). Toolsy OF from New Eng. <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBDraft">@MLBDraft</a> <a href="http://t.co/1njyh4rQ8A">http://t.co/1njyh4rQ8A</a></p>— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) <a href="

">June 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I am a little surprised that he didn't go overslot, when the Orioles drafted Flaa (before getting Fenter), I thought McKenna would be the most likely beneficiary, besides Stewart.

I don't know which of the unsigned picks could get over slot besides Cody Morris. I really don't think Hughes should get full slot value, nor should Stewart be the only beneficiary of Hughes' pool saving.

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Right on, not sure how I missed that up earlier. Mayo reported that yesterday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">4th-rder Ryan McKenna bonus w/<a href="https://twitter.com/Orioles">@Orioles</a> = $414,700 (full pick value at No. 133). Toolsy OF from New Eng. <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBDraft">@MLBDraft</a> <a href="http://t.co/1njyh4rQ8A">http://t.co/1njyh4rQ8A</a></p>— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) <a href="

">June 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I am a little surprised that he didn't go overslot, when the Orioles drafted Flaa (before getting Fenter), I thought McKenna would be the most likely beneficiary, besides Stewart.

I don't know which of the unsigned picks could get over slot besides Cody Morris. I really don't think Hughes should get full slot value, nor should Stewart be the only beneficiary of Hughes' pool saving.

He probably would be.

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It's getting close.

"DJ Stewart I expect to sign, and I don't know the exact timetable. If we can progress in our discussions, and get out him out playing for next week, that's what we're shooting for. We'd like to see him out playing ball. I think he wants to go out and play ball, too."

Dan Duquette.

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Yep. McKenna and Heinrich both signed for slot according to MLB. That leaves us virtually even for our pool allottment (-21K). Is Hughes going to be below slot? How much? If he is, it would be a shame to go over slot on Stewart. Hopefully, any money saved on Hughes goes toward a potential over slot in the late rounds. I guess Morris is the only one who fits that bill.

Duquette expects to get the Stewart deal done soon. I expect a small bonus over slot.

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I read that blurb and even though it might be close there was nothing in there that made me feel that way. It said that Stewart wants to play ball now and the Orioles want him to play ball now. Nowhere did I see or read Duquette infer that the contract was close to being done.

If we can progress in our discussions,

No. But talking about playing next week implies that. So he is lying or I am overreaching if it is not a weekend intro.

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No. But talking about playing next week implies that. So he is lying or I am overreaching if it is not a weekend intro.

Encina wrote the same thing yesterday:

Duquette indicated that the team's negotiations with first-round draft pick DJ Stewart are progressing. Duquette hopes Stewart can be signed and playing by next week.
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