It may be the silly season for the Orioles, but they had a relatively big night on Monday, winning in extra innings in unlikely fashion and signing their first round pick in the amateur draft.
At nearly 11 pm, Adam Jones laid down a bunt in the 11th inning to score Nick Markakis from third base, giving The Birds a win in their homestand opener agains the hapless Seattle Mariners.
Then, at strokes to midnight, according to The Sun’s Dan Connolly the O’s agreed to terms with first round pick Manny Machado (great baseball name, by the way).
Machado is represented by superagent/villain Scott Boras, who also represents recently signed National Bryce Harper. Picture him screaming “no deal!” into multiple cell phones until 11:59.
The Orioles will place the shortstop in the minor league system. Don’t expect him to don a uniform for the bigs any time in the immediate future, as he is fresh out of high school. However, the Orioles are hoping he becomes their shortstop of the future. For that, they inked him to a $6 million deal, not bad for a kid months removed from his senior prom.
The Florida native is 6’2″ and 180 pounds. He hit .639 in his senior season at Brito Miami Private. He will have to work hard to hit against big, hairy pitchers who throw 95 MPH, but scouting projections for Machado bode well.
Good luck, Manny Machado. If you succeed, many an announcer will enjoy pronouncing your alliterative name.