Thursday, June 10, 2010

JaCoby Jones still planning on going to LSU. Or not.

Despite his 1st Round money offer, JaCoby Jones is leaning towards LSU.

Bubba Jones, JaCoby's father, who says the Astros called and told him they were ready to take Jones with the 8th pick:
"They made him an offer, a seven-figure offer. JaCoby declined that. We knew then he was going to drop in the draft. We expected that. Right now, we're still planning for him to go to LSU and play college baseball...

...The Astros said they will send somebody here to talk to us in the near future, and we're going to listen. The negotiating could go all the way to the deadline...This is all a lot for us to take in. We just want what is best for JaCoby, and we don't want to sound greedy. I know we're talking about a lot of money, especially in today's economy and I know we are really fortunate."


The Hattiesburg American has more:
In talking to Jones and Rebel coach Brandon Davis last weekend at the High School All-Star Game, one got the distinct impression that Jones really wants to go to LSU, really wants a chance to play in Omaha at the CWS. And, at first glance, it would seem that he wouldn’t get the big bonus as a 19th-round pick that he would have if he’d been a higher pick.

But there are persistent reports floating about that the Astros are willing to at least consider a higher offer, that they could go as high as $2 million.


I wonder what the first round picks are thinking, reading this...

5 comments:

AstroAndy said...

Really? They were going to take him with the number 8 overall pick? And they only offered him "a little over $1M"? Slot for the #8 pick is something like $2.25M. Slot for #19 and #33 are about $1.5M and $1M, so I could see him going there. But going almost a million under slot for a guy who was well known to be a tough sign doesn't seem like the kind of thing that even the Astros front office would do.

I can maybe see the Astros upping their offer to Jones if they can't get Velasquez to sign.

OremLK said...

I was thinking they might take Jones instead of Plutko, but not Velasquez. They wouldn't have picked Velasquez that early if they weren't confident in signing him.

Joe said...

If they don't sign Velasquez, would we get our third rounder next year in a supposed deeper draft?

OremLK said...

Velasquez was a second round pick, but yes. You get the same pick +1 next year if you don't sign a first or second rounder. So we would get the ninth pick in the second round of the 2011 MLB draft.

Joe said...

Yeah second round. That is right. I'm not sure why that slipped my mind. Well I could live with losing Velasquez, if we sign Jones.