The Cincinnati Reds have come to an agreement with 4th round draft pick Mike Siani for a $2,000,000 signing bonus. The slot value for his pick in the draft was just $512,800. That’s going to mean that the Reds need to make up a whole lot of space to make things work for their draft budget. Their second pick in the draft has a slot value of $1,520,300 – so this is significantly more than they are likely to pay anyone outside of Jonathan India. This was first reported by Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports.

The Reds had to buy out Mike Siani of his college commitment to the University of Virginia. The organization felt he was worth the price tag. Siani is arguably the best defensive outfielder that was in the entire 2018 Major League Baseball draft. He’s got plus speed, plus range, and a plus arm. Put them together and it’s a dynamite package in center.

At the plate is where the waters get a little murky. He changed his mechanics in his senior season and things didn’t go as well as planned. The organizations that were high on Mike Siani for the draft felt that he could go back to his old swing and get back to the hitter he was as a junior. It will be interesting to see if the organization begins to change things quickly. Or if they let him go into professional ball and see what happens.

Where can the Reds make up the singing bonus money?

The thoughts on draft day were that Mike Siani was going to require an overslot bonus. This was more than I was expecting. However, given the quick agreement, it doesn’t sound like it was unexpected by the Reds. With the extra money that’s going to be needed to make this happen, you have to think that they are going to be shooting for well under slot deals for both of their second round selections. Those picks would, in theory, leave the largest room to make up ground. There will be some money saved with some senior signs. That will likely only amount to a few hundred thousand dollars, though.

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