Report: Nationals break bank on Sammy Solis, A.J. Cole
Jim Callis of Baseball America, a go-to source on baseball draft signings, reported late last night that the Nationals have agreed to terms with second-round choice Sammy Solis and fourth-round choice A.J. Cole, including a record-breaking bonus for Cole.
Callis reports that the Nationals will sign Solis for $1 million and Cole for $2 million. Cole's bonus would break the record for a fourth-round draft pick, set last year when the Athletics signed catcher Max Stassi to a $1.5 million bonus. General Manager Mike Rizzo denied to Callis that any deals are done. Cole told the Post this morning the final details on his contract are still being finalized.
The signings of Solis and Cole will set the stage for the Nationals' showdown with Scott Boras, the representative for first overall choice Bryce Harper. The Nationals have until the clock strikes midnight Monday to sign Harper.
If Callis's numbers are correct -- and the odds are overwhelming that they are -- then the Nationals will sign both players for well over the bonus MLB recommends. Solis's "slot" bonus is $694,800, and Cole's is 258,300. The large financial committment again underscores Rizzo's belief in building a team through the draft and player development.
August 15, 2010; 12:48 PM ET
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