Stan Kasten may be talking big these days, the other day on Dodger Talk he said that the Dodgers would be looking to do something prior to the new CBA restrictions on the amount you can spend on international signings take effect next Monday. On Thursday, several stories reported that the Dodgers were about to sign Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year $42 million contract.
Kasten also mentioned that the Dodgers would be signing their first round pick sometime after that. Well according to the Salisbury Post, the local paper for Salisbury, North Carolina, Corey Seager may reach Dodger Stadium before Puig.
"We knew negotiations had really stepped up between Jeff (Corey's father) and the Dodgers and we sort of knew the Mooresville game Wednesday night would be Corey's last one," Kannapolis coach Joe Hubbard said.
Hubbard added, "[h]e flew out to L.A. early this morning to take his physicals. Maybe he hasn't officially signed yet, but you know now that it's going to get done."
For those who have not been following the draft closely, this year all teams had a draft bonus pool based on certain amounts assigned to each pick. The pool is for the first 10 rounds and teams can only go up to 4.9% above that limit without losing their first round pick for the following year. (You do get a 75% tax for any amount that goes over your pool amount but most draft followers think teams will pay that to get their players signed).
The Dodgers reportedly are $300,000 under their cap and have around another $300,000 to spend before the draft pick penalty would come into play. That would give them about $2.5 million to offer Seager. Even though Scott Boras is Seager's advisor, there are but few players that teams will give up a pick and Seager isn't likely to be one of those players.
So it is likely that once Seager takes his physical, you would expect the contract to be signed, Seager will be introduced to the crowd at Dodger Stadium and he'll be joining Puig in Arizona next week.
Kasten next said the Dodgers will make some signings when the new period for international signings opens up next week. After that, I think the focus will be on the major league team.