The Reds haven't signed top pick Yonder Alfonso yet. I asked Walt Jocketty about it last night.
He's leaving the negotiations to scouting director Chris Buckley. But it sounds like the Reds won't go way out the "bracket" to sign Alonso.
"We really like this guy," Jocketty said. "I think we'll sign him. We know what he think his value is. We'll see what happens."
MLB gives clubs recommendations on what a pick is worth. The pick right before Alonso signed, catcher Kyle Skipworth, signed with Florida for a reported $2.4 million. That was right in line what what MLB recommended. The Reds would likely give Alonso that right now. Alonso has asked for a big league contract -- every top pick does -- but the Reds would like to avoid that. The thought is the log jam will break once one of college junior's breaks.