It looks like DD has done it again. Our Tigs landed arguably the best young arm in the draft with the 27th overall pick. Clearly he fell due to signability concerns, but with DD having a very good working relationship with Boras (Pudge, Maggs, Guillen, and A. Miller off the top of my head - wasnt Maybin a Boras guy too?), there seems to be a real good chance of getting him to sign before August 15th.
Personally, I'm ecstatic. What a STEAL! Yeah it all comes down to money, but I really dont feel sorry for teams who have owners who wont open up their checkbooks for top talent. Illitch has shown over the last few drafts that he doesnt mind spending a bonus over the slot price if it means landing elite players, and Porcello is clearly in that elite catagory. From what I have read he was regarded as a top 5 talent in pretty much every ranking - and the top HS pitcher bar none. I have read that Boras is looking for at least a $5mil bonus, which I hope isnt true as it would rate at or near the top for highest bonuses paid in this format - but then again, pretty much every Boras client that raked in at least a $3mil bonus has proven his worth over the last decade. If he's worth it, pay him.
Can you guys imagine a 2009 rotation of Bonderman, Verlander, Miller, and Porcello? I know its a long way to go, and there are a ton of things that could go wrong, but if they all lived up to their hype we could be talking about one of the best rotations we have ever seen.