Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Reds, a Miami Herald story says Yonder Alonso has signed up for fall classes at University of Miami and there’s a 50-50 chance he’ll go back to school. He may also be considering playing in the Independent League instead of signing with the Reds.
Not good. This happened to the Reds in 2001 when they drafted Jeremy Sowers (20th overall) out of high school and he went to Vanderbilt instead.
Only problem is the Reds used the 7th pick on Alonso! Does Alonso really think he’d move up into one of the top six spots after a great senior year? One of Alonso’s advisors says the Reds and Alonso are way off on figures. Before you blame the Reds or call them cheap, rumor has it Alonso is asking for a $7 million bonus, which is absurd. Last year’s seventh overall pick, Matt LaPorta (the key player the Tribe got in the Sabathia deal), got a signing bonus of about $2 million. The top pick in last year’s draft, David Price, didn’t even get the amount Alonso is reportedly requesting.
Don’t know much about Alonso’s agent, Greg Genske, other than his LS Legacy Sports Group used to be Jeff Moorad’s agency and among Genske’s many clients is Reds outfielder Adam Dunn.
The only silver lining if the Reds don’t sign Alonso is (and it wasn’t this way when Sowers stiffed them) now there’s a rule in place where the Reds would get the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft if Alonso doesn’t sign with them. Whichever team is slated for the No. 7 pick would just move down one spot in that draft to make room for the Reds.
The deadline for major-league teams to sign draft picks is Aug. 15 (one week from today).