(The photo above does not show Taylor Hill, Greg Holt, Dixon Anderson, or Nicholas Lee. Photo by Gallery 2 Images via Flikr.)
And so, the Nationals agreed to terms with four more picks from the 2011 Draft class, That makes 22 draftees signed so far. That's good.
But with a month to go before the August 15 midnight deadline to sign 2011 draft picks, is there any reason to believe the Nationals won't be able to agree to terms with top pick Anthony Rendon? Baseball America's Jim Callis was asked the same question in an online chat a few days ago:
Steve (Seattle): Am I crazy to think that Anthony Rendon might not sign with Washington? Seems like his stocked dropped a lot and he could be a potential #1 pick next year with improved power and health.
Jim Callis: I'd be shocked if Rendon doesn't sign. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Scott Boras cut big draft deals all the time, and Rendon will be paid handsomely. I still would take him over anyone in the 2011 draft. (via Baseball America.com, 7/6./2011)
So, no worries. Mike Rizzo has Scott Boras on his side. Everyone is familiar with the routine by now. Mr. Lerner, you might want to break out your check book a few minutes before midnight on August 15.
After the jump, the official release from the Nationals announcing the latest signings:
NATIONALS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FOUR PLAYERS FROM ‘11 DRAFT
The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with four players selected in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft: right-handed pitchers Taylor Hill (6th round), Greg Holt (8th round) and Dixon Anderson (9th round) and left-handed pitcher Nicholas Lee (18th round). To date, the Nationals have now agreed to terms with 22 players from this year’s Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Player Personnel Roy Clark and Nationals Director of Scouting Kris Kline made the joint announcement.