Draft: Will the Royals "Avoid Boras?"

“We’re going to select a player,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said, “who has a realistic view of his value. We’re going to get a player who will make a major impact on our ballclub for a long time.”

That’s how the KC Star’s Bob Dutton quoted Dayton in his draft preview article today. Dutton took that statement as Dayton’s way of saying the Royals decided against taking right-hander Rick Porcello since Porcello is represented by Scott Boras. Boras is known for getting his players high-priced contracts, which leads to extensive negotiations and a higher probability of the player and team not coming to an agreement.

Although MLB doesn’t cap contracts for the First-Year Players Draft, they do suggest caps based on slotting throughout the first round. Do teams usually stick to those recommendations? Not really, especially lately. In the Royals case, MLB recommends $3.1 million for the second pick. Last year, Luke Hochevar (also represented by Boras) signed for more than the recommendation.

If the Royals “avoid Boras” like Dutton suggests, then it’s likely they might jump to a position player. No one from the baseball ops department has emerged from the draft room in at least a week. Guess we’ll find out soon enough. First-Year Player Draft begins at 1 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and mlb.com.

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