The Baltimore Orioles selected NC State junior first baseman Preston Palmeiro in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Draft. The slot value for that pick is more than $200,000, but Palmeiro has not signed yet, and he has until July 15 to make a decision one way or the other. In college baseball, a kid can get drafted and still return to college, if he does not sign a pro deal.
So that’s what’s facing Preston Palmeiro. Or maybe that’s only a very small part of what he’s weighing. Thing is, his dad has a rather ... colorful ... history with the Baltimore franchise. That might be a bigger factor than anyone involved with this expected.
I mean, if you’re the Baltimore Orioles and you’re thinking about drafting Raffy’s kid, you’re gonna do your homework. Especially because if you draft Raffy’s kid, he not only has leverage as a junior, but he’s also got that whole history thing to help him get a few extra bucks above slot.
He doesn’t need a pound of flesh from Baltimore, but he can squeeze it out of them, too.