As we get closer to the signing deadline, the over s lot bonuses are starting to get announced. The Braves announced that they signed first round pick Jason Heyward for $1.7 million, which is $170,000 over his slot as the 14th overall pick.
The Marlins also signed their second round pick, Mike Stanton, to about $57,000 over slot.
Baseball America has a free article out which explains that while GMs and Scouting Directors would like to see bonuses come down, they are not going to really adhere to the slotting system as long as other teams are ignoring it. Basically, they are not going to let the slotting system get in the way of adding a talented player to the system.
I still think we sign all our first rounders, but I doubt we sign Gast and I am about 99 percent sure we don't sign Nash. The players I would really like to get are the players like Anthony Ranaudo, who we took in round 11, and are raw but have a high ceiling. Signing him away from LSU is going to be hard, but it would be a nice pickup.