Thursday, August 16, 2007

Welcome to the team, Mike Moustakas

This news makes me happy enough to ignore the two losses in Texas.

Joe Posnanski first broke the news to the media, then wrote about it in today's column. Read it.

Conor Nicholl of, also elaborating:

Moustakas' family called back 10 minutes before the 10:59 p.m. CT deadline. They would sign KC's offer for $4 million, more than Major League Baseball's slot recommendation for $3.1 million for the No. 2 selection.

"He actually called me after he had agreed to terms and you could hear the excitement in his voice," [Royals scouting director Deric] Ladnier said of Moustakas. "He wanted to be a Royal. He was happy to put this uniform on and is happy to represent the organization."

$4 million, it goes without saying, is considerably less than superagent Scott Boras had hoped to get for a guy he's calling, according to the article, "the best power-hitting high school middle infielder since Alex Rodriguez." Alex Rodriguez? Hmm.

Let's compare Moustakas's deal with that of other Boras clients this year:

Our guy: $4 million
David Price, No. 1 overall: $11.25 million
Rick Porcello, No. 27: upwards of $7 million

I think Dayton and Co. played with fire on this one, and though they insist they weren't nervous, others of us surely were. At 5:30 p.m. yesterday -- hours before the signing deadline -- Boras fired a shot at the organization by way of message through the media. The KC Star reported:

The first real bit of news about the Royals’ negotiations with No. 2 overall pick Mike Moustakas came in the form of a message to The Kansas City Star from Scott Boras, who is advising Moustakas.

“As far as I understand from the family,” Boras said, “he’s returning to school.”

No one ever said Boras didn't know all the tricks. Alas, it all worked out in the end, as saner heads came to agree that $4 million is a lot of money, certainly more than any insurance policy would have paid had Moustakas gotten injured at USC, like from falling off a cliff while drunk. Our Hero 1, Boras 0; one tie for the Luke Hochevar deal last year ($5.3 million).

We'll leave you with a reader comment to this KC Star story from Bridget M:

Just you wait. KC got their money's worth with Mike. My son has played with him at Chatsworth HS for 4 years and Mike is a superb athlete. All I can say is I will be the first in line to watch him play. Congrats!

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