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Orioles bonus spending falls on draft picks

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Orioles bonus spending falls on draft picks

Spending on draft choices fell markedly this year, and thats what Major League Baseball was looking for. In figures compiled by Baseball America, on average teams spent 6.926 million in bonuses this year, down from 7.6 million.Kevin Gausman, the Orioles first-round pick, who is due to report to Sarasota, Fla. today, signed for 4.32 million. The Orioles spent 7.43 million on their entire draft class. They signed 29 of their 40 picks. The highest choice not to sign was fifth-round high school pitcher Colin Poche, who chose to attend the University of Arkansas.Last year, the Orioles spent 8.432 million, 4 million on Dylan Bundy, and in the eyes of the industry, lavished large bonuses on second rounder Jason Esposito and sixth rounder Nicky Delmonico.From 2007-11, they spent an average of 8.2 million a year, fifth in baseball. The had four large bonus payouts in that time, Bundys, 5.25 to Manny Machado in 2010, 3.72 million to Brian Matusz and 6 million to Matt Wieters in 2007.In 2009, they were criticized for drafting Matthew Hobgood, who was the fifth overall pick and given a bonus of 2.42 million. Hobgood has been hindered by injuries and ineffectiveness and was lost for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

The Eastern Conference Final is going the distance!

After losing three straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay. Can the Caps beat the Lightning one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and special guest cameraman Mike D break it all down.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to schedule and time constraints, this podcast was recorded by phone and the audio quality is not up to our usual standards.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.

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