Kevin Gausman says he wants to immerse himself in Baltimore. He got off to a good start on Friday. For his introductory press conference, he wore a Ravens purple shirt and tie.Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the draft, signed with the Orioles with seconds to go before the Friday 5 p.m. deadline.According to Baseball Americas Keith Law, Gausman signed for a 4.32 million bonus, slightly above the suggested slot.We exchanged numbers we stayed with last night. There was more haggling today. A lot of terms to discuss today, several actually. More than I would have liked, Gary Rajsich, the Orioles scouting director said.I was real optimistic we could get it done, Rajsich said.Under last years Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams could be taxed or lose draft picks if they exceed their budget. They did not.In the past, if you wanted a player, you just paid them a little more money. You cant do that now, Rajsich said.The 21-year-old Gausman, went 11-1 with a 2.72 ERA in his sophomore season at LSU. He struck out 128 and walked 27 in 115 23 innings. Gausman took a physical on Friday and was unhappy because he had to fast this morning.Its been stressful. I didnt sleep very much last night, Gausman said. I was a little grumpy the whole day.Gausman stepped on the field after the third inning, wearing a jersey with his name and the No. 12. He looked around Oriole Park and waved as he was introduced to the crowd.Earlier this week, Gausman gave an interview to the New Orleans Times Picayune, where he indicated he was willing to return to LSU.On Friday, he was all Orioles.I was confident we were going to get a deal done, Gausman said. Im just real excited about the road were going to get started on soon.Dan Duquette, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, said that hes not sure where Gausman will start his professional career.Thats a conversation that we need to have with Kevin, Duquette said. Well have that conversation in the next couple of days.After completing his season at LSU last month, Gausman took a few weeks off, but he resumed throwing recently.That little bit of time that I took off was just what I needed, Gausman said.
The right-hander tweeted the news on Friday afternoon.Happy to be the newest member of the Baltimore Orioles organization!!! Living my dream!! Go Birds! Gausman wrote.The Orioles didnt sign Colin Poche, their fifth-rounder, a high school pitcher from Texas. Hell go to the University of Arkansas and was the only pick of the top 10 not to sign. As expected, Ryan Ripken, their 20th round pick will go to the University of South Carolina instead.The team signed 30 of their 40 draft picks.