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Reds sign No. 14 pick Nick Travieso for $2 million

Jun 12, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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Florida high school right-hander Nick Travieso is the latest first-rounder to sign, as Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Reds have agreed to a $2 million bonus with the No. 14 overall pick that’s $375,000 below the slot value.

Baseball America ranked Travieso as the 40th-best player in the draft class, noting his mid-90s fastball and lack of refinement with his off-speed pitches because this was his first year as a full-time starter.

He had committed to play college ball at the University of Miami, but obviously $2 million can change a lot of plans.

  1. paperlions - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Surprising that they only saved $375K with the signing, since most people figured they took Travieso in that spot so they could save enough money to spread around to other picks.

  2. scapistron - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Have to remember that the player really has the team by the balls in this scenario. If he doesn’t sign the reds lose all of that slot money from the budget and he can just go play ball in college.

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