LSU signee Christian Cairo was all set to head to LSU but then everything changed on Tuesday.

Cairo, a shortstop from Calvary Christain in Clearwater, Fla, was meeting with head coach Paul Mainieri and scheduling his freshman year classes when he had to leave the room to take a phone call.

That phone call was the Cleveland Indians, who notified him that they were selected him in the fourth round of the MLB Draft and offering him a $955,000 signing bonus.

Cairo then came back into the room and told Mainieri that he was going pro.


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32 Comments
$955,000 he can always come back to college not to play baseball), he's signing for more than most graduates will make in the first 20 years of work.
Reply12 months
Obviously, he wants to play baseball without the burden of attending classes. Time will tell if it was a prudent or foolish decision.
Reply12 months
Can't blame him.
Reply12 months
That was a literal "cup of coffee" as a college ball player.
Reply12 months
So you have to recruit good...but not too good. Or all your kids will go pro before they start class. Sheesh.
Reply12 months
wow
Reply12 months
Guys I had half that in my bank account 6 months ago and spent it all. 955 just doesn't go as far as it used to
Reply12 months
That is about what I grossed in two decades of work. Kind of hard to say No.
Reply12 months
Are you a Louisiana public school teacher?
12 months
Im calling my financer Lenny Dykstra right now to see if this is a good decision.
Reply12 months
Kid grew up son of Major Leaguer, I trust his family to make the right decision
Reply12 months
Gets paid close to a mil not to get murdered in Baton Rouge. Win Win.
Reply12 months
STFU
12 months
Fr shut up you sound stupid as hell
12 months
Bad decision young man.
Reply12 months
For you or him?
12 months
For him.
12 months
How could this be a bad decision? He can easily pay his way through college with that $955,000 signing bonus.
12 months
Wild Thing strikes again.
Reply12 months
This situation year after year is, I guess, a good problem in that we attract such great recruits, but it must drive Mainieri crazy.
Reply12 months
We pulled his offer when he couldn’t bench due to lack of CHEST
Reply12 months
I mean to be fair...MLB level hitting instruction or Sean Ochinko. Who you gonna roll the dice with?
Reply12 months
Or thumbing around the minors for 4 years or college for 3 and a year in the minors if your talent level is where they think you are.
12 months
I doubt the money had much to do with it. His dad isn't broke, unless he made some stupid decisions with the money he made in the MLB. And after taxes that's more like 575 grand. Yes, a lot of money, but not exactly a nest egg one can live off for more that 10 years. I mean, if he doesn't make it he has nothing to fall back on. I'd of stuck to my guns like Hampton. He set a number and told them match it or I'm going to school. They couldn't match it. In 3 or 4 years he will be making 3 or 4 times what he was offered to turn pro yesterday. I think Cairo just wanted to get his pro baseball career going.
Reply12 months
He can always go to school afterwards if he manages his finances just decently. The idea someone should skip an offer like that for the college is ridiculous. Anyone could get injured as a freshman and their athletic career be over.
12 months
Moran’s tweet makes it sound like LSU offered him “considerably” more
Reply12 months
How much could Will Wade get him?
Reply12 months
He would be here if wade was recruiting him!
12 months
Man it’s easy to judge but it’d be hard for me to turn down a million dollars to play baseball.
Reply12 months
I don’t see how it’s easy to judge if you’re even saying you’d be conflicted
12 months
IF he did indeed lie to the coaches by telling them one number then bolting when its considerably less, I'm going to judge him a little.
12 months
I thought he’d stick. I don’t think he come’s from a tough financial situation, his dads Miguel Cairo but maybe he just wants to be a pro. Good luck to the kid!
12 months
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