Jordan on the Draft
It was a crazy final hour, but the Orioles got it done agreeing to terms with top pick Dylan Bundy as well as second-rounder Jason Esposito and sixth-round selection Nick Delmonico.
Here are a couple quotes from scouting director Joe Jordan’s conference call with reporters last night..
[on the hours leading up to the deadline]
“Really, when we got to today and especially this afternoon, the one I was most concerned about was Delmonico. I really felt good that Esposito would come to us and I felt like we would do enough to get Bundy signed. Delmonico was a little bit of a wild card. It was an amazing day. We played it in the order we wanted and a lot of things happened exactly how we thought they would.
“[Director of Baseball Operations] Matt Klentak was tremendous. He’s so smart when it comes to, you know, how to discuss certain parts of contracts and things that came up. Matt just did a great job..We got everything we wanted today. We had all the support like we always do from [president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and owner Peter Angelos]. I don’t know how the hell it could have been a better day.”
[on Bundy negotiations]
“We negotiated all summer sporadically, but I kept telling Jay Franklin, who represented this kid, ‘We’re going to do this.’ He kept doing his job and posturing.
When you get down to this player, [he's]a special kid and special talent. Very driven. He has every intangible that the really, really good players have. Barring injury, we agreed to terms with a very special player. I know this kid, I know his intangibles. You know, I think this is a kid that’s not afraid to be really, really good. It’s a good night.”
[on Bundy's deal]
“It was a Major League contract. That was something that was very important to their side. We tried to stay away from it, but at the end, we decided that the player was worth getting done and that’s what it took.
“There was a $4 million signing bonus and other than that, I can’t give you any more details. Obviously, there is a guaranteed value to this contract and a value that could happen based on certain things. It came together exactly how we wanted and needed it to, so we’re very happy about that.”
[on signing Delmonico]
“At the end of the day, the kid wanted to play. That’s really what it came down to. We were a long way apart on the money, even this morning. But, I think it was a situation where, once we got Esposito done, I knew exactly what I had and exactly what we were going to be able to do for them.
“It took a couple of conversations to convince Rod, his father. Really, they knew we were where we were going to go, the bottom line it was nowhere close to where they initially started, but the kid wanted to play. We paid him very well. I got to talk to Nicky just briefly and I have to call him back in the morning, but he’s very excited. That’s all he wanted to do, he wanted to go play. We recognized his talent handsomely with the bonus we gave him.”
[on if he was confident of getting all three the days leading up to the deadline]
“I was confident that we were going to do two of the three. I didn’t know exactly where the third one would happen. I’ve been pretty confident on this. There was just some unknown with Delmonico.
“I felt like we’d get two of the three. I definitely felt like we would sign Bundy and at least one of the other two. Being able to get all three, we feel tremendous tonight.”