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Report: Nationals won’t forfeit pick to sign Lucas Giolito

Jun 18, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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California high school right-hander Lucas Giolito was in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick before an elbow injury ended his season and he fell to the Nationals with the 16th pick.

Because of the new rules for signing bonuses the Nationals are somewhat limited in terms of what they can offer Giolito and even by saving money with other picks they have “only” $3 million or so to lure him away from college ball at UCLA.

If they truly felt Giolito is a No. 1 pick talent the Nationals could exceed their allotted money and accept the penalty of forfeiting next year’s first-round pick. And that’s perhaps not as far-fetched as it might initially seem considering the Nationals have a top-five record and would be picking near the bottom of the first round if the season ended today.

However, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times the team has ruled out that possibility and “under no circumstances” will give up next year’s first-rounder to sign Giolito. Of course, as the mid-July signing deadline approaches we’ll see if sharing that stance with reporters is partly a negotiating tactic.

  1. Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Do teams still get comp picks for failing to sign draft picks? Because that’s the only way it even remotely makes sense for this to be anything other than a negotiating stance. I still think you’d rather have the one pick now than the 17th and 25thish pick in next year’s draft, especially since you’d have to go safe at 17 to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

    • pbannard - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Yes, I believe there are still comp picks for the first three rounds in the new agreement.

    • MattJanik - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      There are still comp picks, yes, and here’s another angle to it… Next year’s draft is widely considered much better than this year’s, so the Nats may decide an extra pick next year is worth more than getting a deal done now if he proves difficult to sign.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    First place is a bitch, ain’t it?

    • natstowngreg - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Yup. :)

  3. jimbo1949 - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    unlike that temptress, The Strange Attractor.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Looks like the gamble paid off for the kid. He’ll get his money and he went to a better team (still feels strange to say that about the Nats).

    • natstowngreg - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Indeed. It’s taking some time to get used to the idea of the Nats as contenders, after seeing so much bad baseball at RFK/Nats Park.

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