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Great News! Baseball America reporting that the Nats have agreed to terms with Solis, Cole

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I want to write a full-fledged article about this, but it's late. Particulars.... The Nats agreed to terms with second round pick Sammy Solis, a LHP out of the University of San Diego. Solis was 9-2 with a 3.42 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 92:29 strikeout to walk ratio as a redshirt sophomore for the Terreros. The deal is reportedly worth $1 million, which may be a bit over slot, but far from outrageous. . A.J. Cole's signing bonus set a record. The previous record for a fourth round pick was $1.5 million to the A's Max Stassi (2009). Cole signed for a cool $2 million, obviously well over slot. A first round talent, Cole had a fairly strong commitment to Miami, and dropped mainly due to signability issues. It was a fairly safe bet that they were going to sign Solis, who I thought would sign earlier to start working his way through the system. Cole is a huge coup for Rizzo here, as most projected him as one of the top three prep pitchers in the draft. He's costly, but there's an excellent chance he'll be worth it. Great news that the Nats are willing to not only draft players who have dropped due to signability issues, but show that they're willing to pay above slot to get the job done! Reports sound good about the potential for signing Robbie Ray (still not done, despite billions of rumors), though we'll have to see if these signings (the Cole signing, in particular) affect the draft budget. I won't mention that other guy until Monday night.

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