Cavalli, a right-hander out of Oklahoma and the Nationals’ first-round pick at No. 22 overall, agreed to terms at his slot value of $3.027 million.
Henry signed for $2 million, according to a person with knowledge of his deal. The right-hander out of LSU was picked 55th. That gave him a slot value of $1.307 million, and the Nationals spent well above that to make sure he turned pro. He had the option of returning to college and — at 20 years old — could have raised his stock in a future draft. But Washington paid Henry as if he were selected 18 picks higher, and that was enough.
Infante, the 71st pick, had a full scholarship to the University of Miami on the table. His slot value was $884,200, and the Nationals signed him for $1 million, according to people with knowledge of the situation. And because they spent about $809,000 over slot between Henry and Infante, they had to trim elsewhere.
The Nationals saved most on Lindsly, a catcher out of Oklahoma. Lindsly expected to go undrafted and vie for a maximum signing bonus of $20,000 as a free agent. Instead, Washington picked him in the fourth round, 123rd overall, which carries a slot value of $464,500. He later signed for $20,000 anyway, according to MLB.com. Then Parker, a left-hander out of San Jacinto College North, signed for $100,000 — $246,800 below his slot value.
MLB.com reported Tuesday that Powell, a reliever out of UCLA, signed for $500,000. That was $118,200 below his slot value, and just under the maximum amount the Nationals had left to offer him. It all cleared the way for Henry, who had the most leverage of any of the six selections. And that helped Washington make the most of an odd draft year.
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