Joe Posnanski first broke the news to the media, then wrote about it in today's column. Read it.
Conor Nicholl of MLB.com, also elaborating:
$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 MLB.com article, "the best power-hitting high school middle infielder since Alex Rodriguez." Alex Rodriguez? Hmm.
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."
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:
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).
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.”
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!