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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.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 15, 2010; 12:48 PM ET
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This is great newa. Cole has first round talent but we had a strong committment to the U. of Miami that scared teams off.

Posted by: djorl | August 15, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Lerners do not appear to be cheap, do they?


Posted by: kevincostello | August 15, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Good! Now keep spending in the next few days, weeks and months so we can watch a decent team in 2011 and beyond.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 15, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

>Lerners do not appear to be cheap, do they?


Posted by: kevincostello

They're trying to be clever - we've seen this before with Jack McGeary. Although, they need as many hard throwers as they can get. Can I say it again?

Posted by: Brue | August 15, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I was one of those fans crying about the Lerners being cheap - same way I was about Ted Leonsis with the Caps. Both teams are building through the draft and spending good money on prospects. I'm especially impressed that the Nats signed the Cuban pitcher and are paying extra to ensure good prospects join the Nats instead of go to college or return for another year.

It will be interesting if they sign their 12th round pick.

Posted by: nativedc | August 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Brue McGeary was a good signing then and the jury is still out whether he will be a good signing now and in the future. Clever, schmever, Harper, Solis, Cole and Ray will make it a great draft now. The future, in baseball is always, murky. Bottom line, NATS spent the money and got the players. Now resign Big Donkey.

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Posted by: adhardwick | August 15, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Ladson around 2:15 said a problem has arisen with Cole. Can you track it down Adam?

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Posted by: adhardwick | August 15, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Callis of Baseball America reports no snag with Cole, he just needs to pass his physical. Also, he reports that the Nats signed Roberts.

Posted by: djorl | August 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

To get Cole is like getting 2 1st round picks in Bryce Harper and Cole. Most teams stayed away from Cole so [if} Rizzo indeeds pulls this off, congrats.

Baseball is quickly reverting back to great front line pitchers and defense to back it up.

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 15, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Whew - now on to Harper.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | August 16, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

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