As expected the language here tells the story. The Phillies can easily fit Marchan in now, but can’t fit Ortiz in without going over. No news on what Marchan’s bonus will be, but Ortiz looks to be the $4.2M like expected.
I would expect the two deals are structured to fit the Phillies exactly under the expanded pool size they can reach.
Overall the Phillies walk away with a giant slugger who was considered one of the Top 2-3 talents 6 months ago (when they agreed to this deal), who has some questions about his contact ability, but has the talent to make them look really smart. Marchan is a very interesting prospect who could be a bit of a steal. He is a converted shortstop who has a great feel for hitting (not a ton of power though) who has the raw tools to catch but will need a lot of work behind the plate.
We have some more signings, some kids the internet does not know about.