Braves sign Sims to $1.65 million bonus

The Braves signed first round pick right-hander Lucas Sims of Brookwood to a $1.65 million bonus, signing him at his house late Wednesday night.

The club announced that the deal had been finalized on Thursday.

The bonus was  $175,000 under the suggested slot by Major League Baseball of $1.825 million for the No. 21 overall pick, but under new rules the teams can spend their allotted bonus pool for the top 10 rounds however they choose. The Braves can also use whatever is left over to try to sign players drafted lower than the 10th round.

The Braves have agreed to terms with each of their top 10 round picks; it’s just a matter of signing the contracts. Both Sims and fourth-round pick Justin Black have made it official.

Sims plans to attend the John Smoltz Braves Hall of Fame Luncheon on Friday and attend the game Friday night at Turner Field with his parents. He will report to Orlando on Tuesday to join the Gulf Coast League Braves. Sims, who had committed to Clemson, didn’t want to spend any more time than necessary negotiating.

“He wanted to get started, not peak at a signing bonus,” his father Wayne Sims said Thursday.

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Peter Van Wieren

June 7th, 2012
4:08 pm

Excellent! The Phillies will still finish first in the NL East before the season ends.

The Red

June 7th, 2012
4:16 pm

How will they finish first BEFORE the season ends?

reckingball

June 7th, 2012
4:17 pm

No. No they won’t.

Bryce Harper

June 7th, 2012
4:21 pm

Makes me SICK to see teenage kids making MILLION$ of DOLLAR$!!!

dap01

June 7th, 2012
4:24 pm

Sounds like a smart young man (very unlike Peter Van W).

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
4:29 pm

Another wasted money. We do not need pitching.

Wal-Mart Willie

June 7th, 2012
4:29 pm

We love braves! Yeah come on!!! Chipper forever.

Bob the Blogger

June 7th, 2012
4:30 pm

I wonder how they convinced Sims that he wasn’t worth slot money so quickly. It sounds like they took advantage of his eagerness to play.

PMC

June 7th, 2012
4:42 pm

ha ha, just send him some of your eye black Bryce.

Formul8or

June 7th, 2012
4:43 pm

Hometeam discount

BlueMoon

June 7th, 2012
4:51 pm

Bob-

Sometimes it’s not about convincing a kid about $200K minus taxes and agent fees if the kid has a good support group around him. Good counsel will tell the kid that the lifetime benefit of playing FAR outweighs what he’s going to piddle out of a signing bonus. In all seriousness, what is $200K if you concentrate on the right priorities and make it to the show?

This is the right move for a lot of reasons. He gets in the minors quicker and gets a taste of pro ball this year instead of losing an entire season. It could mean a huge payoff in the end in regards to his development.

bruce mac

June 7th, 2012
4:55 pm

Where do they find idiots like Whiskey to post such ignorance. We don’t need pitching? I suppose you are one of the same idiots that think Jack Wilson is the answer as Short Stop. Plesae please go comment on something you actually have a clue about.

Bob the Blogger

June 7th, 2012
5:02 pm

I’ve always been against draftees spending the summer negotiating rather than playing, but I thought that was excatly what the new collective bargaining agreement was designed to fix, by assigning the amounts for slots, even though the amounts were not mandatory. $200k isn’t that much compared to what Sims will hopefully make, but the Braves are a mid-payroll team, so it kind of opens up the can of worms that the slot amounts are not to be adhered to.

Brownie

June 7th, 2012
5:05 pm

Whiskey….every team can ALWAYS use more pitching!! If you draft well, they either help you on the field or in a trade.

mountain_jim

June 7th, 2012
5:06 pm

I think he (and his momma) signed now to go to the Smoltz gala friday and friday night. His first interview said Smoltz was his favorite Brave, and being a momma’s boy, also her favorite as well.

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:07 pm

@Bruce Mac No! I do not think Wilson is the answer. We have an overabundance of pitchers that half wont even make to the majors. Take that money and get somebody that can hit.

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:13 pm

Look what Washington did. They got Bryce Harper. He is the main reason they are in first place. BTW Bruce Mac. What makes you such an authority? I was probablely a Braves folower when you were in diapers.

GMR

June 7th, 2012
5:14 pm

Couple of thoughts. Did anyone else notice how sparse the crowd was at the Mets game on ESPN Sunday night? Interesting that no comments were made to that effect. If that had been the Braves at the Ted they would have been all over it like gravy over rice. I also wonder if Chipper being asked to rehab at Rome is because some in the clubhouse are growing tired of the disruption caused by pushing him back into the lineup before he proves he is ready.

Spider29

June 7th, 2012
5:15 pm

Have you not learned anything?? We always need pitching! (Smile)

BlueMoon

June 7th, 2012
5:17 pm

Like any agreement it has its loopholes and they are designed to give clubs a hair of flexibility. There’s still some wiggle room there for clubs to allocate dollars where they may be needed.

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:19 pm

@Spider29 25 man roster-25 pitchers. You lose.

lifelong braves fan

June 7th, 2012
5:21 pm

Whiskey River, Harper was drafted #1 not #21. So you’re argument makes no sense. MLB draft is not like NBA or NFL. Pitching is the most valuable commodity in baseball and when you are drafting in the 20’s, its never a mistake to get a stud pitcher. And it’s certainly not ‘wasted money’ as you imply.

markie mark

June 7th, 2012
5:26 pm

whiskey, I have been watching the Braves since they moved to Atlanta, so I probably have you in the age department….and I agree with the other posters….its a hell of a lot easier to trade good pitching for good hitting than the other way around…..

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:26 pm

Braves #1pick was a pitcher. Get somebody that can hit. Gilmartin was a #1 pick. Will he make majors. I doubt it. The last #1 hitter Brave pick. Chipper Jones. See what he did. I rest my case.

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:29 pm

@markie Mark I was a Brave fan when they were still in Milwaukee. Brave fan started in 1949.

lifelong braves fan

June 7th, 2012
5:31 pm

Hey Whiskey, Chipper Jones wasn’t the last hitter to be selected 1st by the Braves. Matt Lipka (SS) was in 2010. Maybe you should rest your case. LOL

NickB

June 7th, 2012
5:31 pm

Ummm, Bryce Harper is NOT the MAIN reason the Nats are in first place, it’s their league leading starting rotation……

Look, you hoisted yerself with yer own petard

lifelong braves fan

June 7th, 2012
5:33 pm

Dude Whiskey you started being a Braves fan when they were in Milwaukee and started being one in 1949? Amazing. Esp. since the Braves were in Boston in 1949. LOL

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:34 pm

@lifelong braves fan You are absolutely correct. My bad. Lipka will make it to majors. Gilmartin, doubt it.

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:42 pm

The Braves did not start playing in Milwaukee until 1950. They left Boston in late 1949. Yes I was a Brave fan then. I was 7 yrs old when they moved to milwaukee. I have been a Brave fan ever since. Am now a retired Atlanta detective, I was in the ball park when they moved to Atlanta.

lifelong braves fan

June 7th, 2012
5:44 pm

Whiskey, not sure why I am still trying to convince you since its obvious you may have lived up to your name a little too much but…. there have been many #1 Braves’ selections who were position players. Not all of those have panned out. Mike Kelly was selected #2 overall the year after Chipper. Tyler Houston was selected #2 overall the year before Chipper. It’s not like either had great careers esp. being selected so high. o openly criticize a pick in the later half of the first round of a baseball draft because its a pitcher and say its a waste of money is just asinine.

alanfalcon

June 7th, 2012
5:45 pm

This is where Chipper needs to be a leader and not rest on his future HOF laurels, the role that he has taken on rehab is wrong, he’s 40 years old and if nothing else he needs to strech out his muscles in a game time situation before he jumps back into the frying pan, it will also show some of the younger palyers the right way to go about getting over an injury.

lifelong braves fan

June 7th, 2012
5:46 pm

Whiskey, the Braves’ first season in Milwaukee was 1953 not 1950. Either you’re lying, senile or drunk.

Mark (another one)

June 7th, 2012
5:47 pm

Look at the rosters and you will see almost half of the 25 are pitchers for every team. It is also a high injury position due to arm issues. Every team needs pitching and they need depth. The Braves had two hot pitchers in the first half of last season in Hanson and JJ. They both got hurt after the all-star break and we missed the playoffs by a game. Baseball teams need quality and depth at pitching.

As for #1 picks. Chipper was the last Brave picked number 1 in the draft but there have been a lot of first round Braves picks that were position players. Since 2000, Thorman (2000), Burrus (2001), Francouer (2002),Johnson (2006), Heyward (2007) and Lipka (2010). During the same time period we drafted six pitchers in the first round.

If you want to go back to Chipper’s selection in 1990, the Braves took 3 pitchers and 4 position players in the first round during the 90’s, including Chipper. This sounds remarkably balanced to me.

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:49 pm

@lifelong braves fan OK I give. You go ahead and draft all these pitchers.that struggle. I will take6 hitters and 4 pitchers and I will beat you.

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
5:52 pm

@Mark Good point. Those hitters are in the majors. Where are the pitchers? nowhere in majors. I give . You can have your pitchers. YOU LOSE.

Rod

June 7th, 2012
5:56 pm

Whiskey River has been drinking to much whiskey!

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
6:03 pm

@Rod. Dont drink. Recovering alcoholic. So you wrong again. Good nite Thank for nothing.

Tyler

June 7th, 2012
6:04 pm

Amen Rod!! I love how people say we don’t need pitching when you look at how we are this year. Without our offense, we would be in the cellar of the NL east. You can NEVER have to much pitching!!!!

Tyler

June 7th, 2012
6:05 pm

Just shut up Whiskey River.

unclesaltys.lighthouse

June 7th, 2012
6:16 pm

bulldogbubba

June 7th, 2012
6:25 pm

Where are those Phillie talkers? Seems
like they are quiet..

ugaaccountant

June 7th, 2012
6:29 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Braves seem to have a remarkable success rate of their top picks actually reaching the majors and making contributions. Recent picks like Minor, Freeman, Heyward, Simmons, Kimbrel all reached the majors very quickly. Note that that’s a mix of hitters and pitchers.

flagger

June 7th, 2012
6:32 pm

Leave Whiskey along…he’s just yanking on ure chains!!!!

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
6:36 pm

I’m drunk and I like Broke Back Mountain

WTF

June 7th, 2012
6:38 pm

the Phila talkers are now looking forward to Eagle football. Oh wait that team sucks too.

unclesaltys.lighthouse

June 7th, 2012
6:44 pm

Brave New World

June 7th, 2012
6:46 pm

The NL East is the best division in the NL. It will likely take 90-95 wins to take the division, but the fourth place team may win 85 games . I thought the Mets would not be competitive, but I was wrong. The Phils are no longer the assumed division champ. Any of the (5) NL East teams can make the playoffs in 2012 (we may have 3 teams from the East). The teams that can get hot during September will likely be the ones in the playoffs – no easy ride for any team, but I’m hoping the Braves will be in the playoffs when all is said and done. GO BRAVES!

roswell dickie

June 7th, 2012
6:59 pm

have known lucas sims since he was 10 years old. coached against him and my son has played against him for years. nice kid, always respectful of other teams, their players and coaches. congratulations to him and his family and my best wishes for tremendous success.

coach rich

Disgusted

June 7th, 2012
7:12 pm

From the little I have known about Sims since the draft, what Roswell Dickie says seems to be spot on — I have just a fan;s hunch that this kid assuming he stays healthy will make it.

There were a couple of other players I wanted them to get with number 21 but this pick is growing on me.

JNick

June 7th, 2012
7:29 pm

We’re like 2nd or 3rd in the league in scoring, and 14th or 15th in pitching – and you’re saying we don’t need pitching?

Besides, in a weak draft for hitters, you take the best available player.

And if you think Washington is in 1st because of Bryce Harper, you’re nuts…it’s their pitching that’s solid. Hell, Harper wasn’t even brought up until almost May.

Disgusted

June 7th, 2012
8:58 pm

When you run a crapshoot like the MLB draft where most prospects do not make it even in the top rounds, taking the best player available is never a bad philosophy.

We do not know how good Sims is gonna be, but if he’s a stud, number two type of guy in the rotation, how can you go wrong?

Even if he is a mid rotation guy, there is always a need for SP. You always have injuries with pitchers in any given yr, so pitching depth is not a bad thing.

jonk

June 7th, 2012
9:06 pm

Seems to me Talent makes money, it is God’s gift I am sick too because i am not that talented.

tim

June 7th, 2012
9:46 pm

stockpile stockpile stockpile !! one can NEVER have enough arms some will make some will flounder and some will be traded to bring in other talent. During the 90’s the Braves had one of the top farm systems in all of baseball but depleted it trying to get that elusive world series win in 96. Lets build it back up so we are in for the long haul good job Mr Wren.

Hiway61

June 7th, 2012
11:27 pm

Good for you kid. Now let get it done in Gulf Coast league. Looking forward to seeing you pitch..

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