Though he was obviously disappointed that the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow caused his stock to drop, UNLV right-hander Erick Fedde was excited that he ended up getting drafted by the Washington Nationals 18th overall this past June.
"I realized I was probably going to take a hit in how high I was going to go," the 21-year-old pitcher told reporters on a conference call after the Draft, "but I'm just ecstatic that the Nationals took me 18th and just excited to be a part of the organization."
Nats' GM Mike Rizzo was asked after the selection if all the deals he and Fedde's advisor, Scott Boras, agreed upon in the past led to a level of comfortability going into the negotiations over what kind of signing bonus the pitcher both Rizzo and Assistant GM and Director of Scouting Kris Kline said was a Top 5-10 pick before the injury would receive.
"Obviously we've dealt with [Scott Boras] several times before," Rizzo said.
"I wouldn't know if that's a comfort level, just because we're comfortable dealing with each other. We're not sure. We're going to begin the process and see if we can get him signed and get him rehabbing so he can take the next step towards seeing him pitch out here at Nats Park."
According to a report by The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore today, with four days left before the deadline to sign this year's picks, "... there remains doubt about the Nationals’ chances to strike a deal with [Fedde]."
A "person familiar with the negotiations" told the WaPost reporter that they "wouldn't be surprised" if a deal wasn't reached.
The Nationals' top two picks, Fedde and University of Miami lefty Andrew Suarez, remain unsigned with the deadline approaching.
The Nationals have $5,275,700 total to spend on this year's picks. According to the WaPost report, they've already spent, "$1.638 million in signing seven of their top 10 picks."
The recommended slot money for their 1st Round selection is $2,145,600. Kilgore writes that Fedde's side is asking for something closer to $3M.
The Nats and Erick Fedde still have ground to cover by Friday. http://t.co/j3Fi0IgpSK— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 15, 2014