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Moustakas

This is an excerpt from from Kevin Goldstein's piece at Baseball Prospectus updating the signing status of this year's first round picks:

"When I asked scouts, scouting directors, and agents which first-round picks had the greatest chance of not signing, Moustakas drew the second-highest number of votes after Rick Porcello. That said, with the Royals making a draft-day decision to switch from Josh Vitters to Moustakas, they surely had some sort of conversation with Boras to at least get a price range that they were comfortable with. As with most Boras clients, negotiations are at a standstill, with little movement after the Royals made their initial offer of $3.15 million, which is slot. He'll demand far more than that, likely more in the $4 million range, and it's difficult to see how playing three years at the University of Southern California would make him any more money."

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It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out. My gut feeling tells me they wouldn't have drafted him if they didn't ultimately believe that they would get him signed. Also, I didn't realize that they were planning on drafting Vitters before changing their minds at the last minute. In any sport, these are the kinds of decisions that can ultimately change the direction of a franchise (one way or the other), at least in some cases. A few years from now, we'll know if the change was the right one.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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