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Red Sox sign Arizona State football star Brandon Magee 07.12.12 at 2:14 pm ET
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The Red Sox have already signed a wide receiver, and now appear close to adding a linebacker to their ranks.

A few days after the team signed Khiry Cooper, a wide receiver out of the University of Tulsa (formerly the University of Nebraska) who is expected to enter the Red Sox system after playing football in the fall, the team completed a deal (according to multiple major league sources) on Thursday afternoon with 23rd round pick Brandon Magee, a star linebacker at ASU who played 23 games over three years for the Sun Devils baseball team.

Magee hit .103/.297/.138 while striking out 22 times in 29 at-bats, though such numbers were considered virtually inevitable given that almost all of his career has been dedicated to the gridiron, with little time spent playing baseball. Still, he is considered an incredible athlete and is tremendously strong, making him an intriguing low-risk, high-upside play should he be able to get regular playing time as a professional outfielder.

He blew out his Achilles prior to the 2011 football season, requiring season-ending surgery, and will play football for ASU in 2012 before he starts his pro baseball career with the Sox next spring training. Magee has been drafted twice previously, first by the Rays in the 29th round in 2008 and then by the Athletics in the 21st round of the 2011 draft.

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Red Sox complete deals with first-rounder Brian Johnson, third-rounder Austin Maddox 06.26.12 at 8:04 pm ET
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According to industry sources, the Red Sox officially have signed first-rounder Brian Johnson, a two-way player at the University of Florida whom the team will develop as a starting left-handed pitcher, for the slot-recommended bonus of $1.575 million. The team will also sign third-round selection Austin Maddox for an under-slot bonus of $350,000 (the slot recommended bonus for his pick having been $400,000).

The Red Sox have now reached agreements with all of their 12 draftees from the first 10 rounds of the draft, having spent beyond the recommended draft bonus pool, meaning that the team will incur some financial penalties for its draft spending. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox first-rounder Brian Johnson, third-rounder Austin Maddox close to deals 06.21.12 at 9:58 am ET
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According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox are close to deals with both first-round selection (No. 31 overall pick) Brian Johnson, a left-hander out of the University of Florida, and teammate Austin Maddox, a right-hander who served as closer for the Gators. Both will be in Boston on Friday for physicals.

Johnson, according to a source, is expected to sign for the MLB slot recommendation of $1.575 million. Maddox, meanwhile, is expected to sign for less than the $400,500 slot recommendation, thus giving the Sox some potential flexibility to negotiate with players taken after the 10th round.

At this point, unless an issue emerges with Johnson or Maddox in the physical, the Sox will not sign selections from the 11th round and beyond who expect drastically more than $100,000. The new draft system defines a bonus pool for the first 10 rounds based on the slot recommended bonuses for each pick. The Sox’ allotment totaled $6.884 million. The team can spend up to that amount without incurring any penalties; it will be penalized at a 75 percent tax rate for an overage of up to 5 percent (meaning, for any spending of up to $344,200 beyond the bonus pool); if the team exceeds its draft bonus pool by more than 5 percent, then it would lose a draft pick. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox sign Ole Miss left-hander Dylan Chavez 06.14.12 at 5:24 pm ET
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According to a major league source, the Red Sox have signed left-hander Dylan Chavez, whom they selected out of Ole Miss in the 14th round of the draft. Chavez will be with the Lowell Spinners for the start of their season.

Chavez, who played his high school ball for Rob Rinaldi – who coached Dustin Pedroia at Woodland High School — pounded the strike zone for Ole Miss after transferring from American River Community College. In 16 games, the skinny, 6-foot-3 lefty went 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA while striking out 36 and walking six in 36 2/3 innings. That strikeout-to-walk ratio represented a somewhat stunning reversal from Chavez’s performance at American River, where he struck out 46 and walked 38 in 63 innings. He features an 88-92 mph fastball and a low-80s slider along with some funk in his delivery.

According to the source, the left-hander signed for less than $100,000, and so his signing does not implicate the Red Sox’ bonus pool of $6.884 million with which the team must sign its draftees from the first 10 rounds.

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Red Sox agree to deal with J.B. Wendelken, pitcher from ‘Reddick U.’ 06.12.12 at 6:58 pm ET
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According to a major league source, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander J.B. Wendelken, the team’s 13th round selection in the 2012 draft. While the deal is not yet complete, pending the conclusion of routine procedures (including a physical and drug test), the 19-year-old would join the organization for $100,000.

In adding Wendelken, the Red Sox are adding a player from the same program where they had one of their greatest scouting successes in recent years. In 2006, the Red Sox had arguably their best pure scouting pick of the last decade when they selected outfielder Josh Reddick — a South Effingham High School product by way of Middle Georgia Junior College — in the 16th round of the draft. And so, they can be forgiven for going back to the well.

In Wendelken, they selected a pitcher who, like Reddick, was coming out of Middle Georgia by way of South Effingham, selecting J.B. Wendelken with their 13th round selection. Wendelken was dominant in 2012, going 7-0 with a 0.20 ERA while striking out 54 and walking eight in 46 innings. He features a fastball that has been described in different reports as topping out at 92-95 mph.

News of the agreement was first reported by Jim Callis of Baseball America (via twitter).

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Red Sox close to signing football star/outfielder Shaq Thompson 06.11.12 at 4:34 pm ET
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His name is Shaq. He profiles like Deion. And he is close to being a Red Sox.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox are close to finalizing an agreement with 18th-round draft pick Shaq Thompson, an outfielder out of Grant High School in California. Within days, he is expected to join the Red Sox to begin his pro baseball career.

However, Thompson is better known as one on the most celebrated football recruits in the country. Later this summer, he will start his football career as a defensive back at the University of Washington, a school that Thompson decided to attend after initially committing to Cal.

The reason for Thompson’s decision to attend Washington was of particular interest to the Red Sox: The UW Athletics Department said that it was fine having Thompson play football while also pursuing a professional baseball career. And so, the Red Sox were comfortable drafting him with the knowledge that, by signing him, they’ll get the chance to work with Thompson outside of the football season, with the hope that he can develop despite playing on a compressed baseball schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox sign five college seniors from draft, close on deals with three more top picks 06.09.12 at 8:14 pm ET
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The Red Sox signed five college seniors whom they selected in the first 10 rounds of the 2012 MLB draft. The quick deals come as little surprise, since seniors lack negotiating leverage, something that the Sox undoubtedly had in mind when taking them, since players who can be signed for relatively low bonuses in the first 10 rounds would permit the team valuable financial flexibility with other picks in the draft. (For more on how drafting college seniors increased the Sox’ flexibility to pursue high-ceiling draft picks, click here).

The players signed are:

Fifth-rounder Mike Augliera, who had an 83-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio for Binghamton (more on him here)

Seventh-rounder Kyle Kraus, a 5-foot-11 right-hander out of the University of Portland (more on him here)

Eighth-rounder Nathan Minnich, a power-hitter who became the first player ever drafted out of Shepherd University (more on him here)

Ninth-rounder Mike Miller, a 5-foot-8 shortstop out of Cal-Poly (more on him here)

Tenth-rounder J.T. Watkins of Army, an impressive catch-and-throw guy who will play this summer before he starts his military service in the fall; Watkins is the son of Red Sox area scout Danny Watkins (more on him here)

Terms of the bonuses were not available.

The team is also close to deals on three of its other picks from the first 10 rounds. Supplemental first-rounder Pat Light, a hard-throwing starter out of Monmouth whom scouting director Amiel Sawdaye described as having one of the best fastballs in the draft, is close to signing, as are second-rounder Jamie Callahan (a high school right-hander out of South Carolina who throws in the mid-90s) and sixth-rounder Justin Haley, a 20-year-old right-hander out of Fresno (more on him here).

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