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Red Sox and Rangers quickly sign first rounders

Jun 8, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

Last year’s No. 10 overall pick Drew Storen signed with the Nationals for $1.6 million before the draft was even over (and is already in the majors), and a pair of first rounders selected last night have followed in his footsteps by already agreed to terms.
No. 20 overall pick Kolbrin Vitek said last night that he already has a “verbal agreement” with the Red Sox, with Alex Speier of WEEI.com reporting that the Ball State infielder will receive the MLB-recommended “slot” amount of around $1.4 million. Boston was awarded the 20th pick as compensation for losing Billy Wagner as a free agent, which shows the brilliance of the Red Sox picking him up from the Mets down the stretch last season.
No. 22 overall pick Kellin Deglan has agreed to a $1 million signing bonus from the Rangers, who’re also said to be nearing a deal with No. 15 pick Jake Skole. Texas choose Skole at No. 15 in large part because he was considered an easy sign, as the pick is compensation for their not signing last year’s first rounder and isn’t eligible for the same compensation this time around.
Expect similarly quick signings for many of the top picks over the next few days, or at least many of the top picks who aren’t represented by Scott Boras.

  1. Joey B - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Good news. I understand the first few picks can be more complicated, but once you get past maybe #5, you should get approximately what last year’s pick got, and about halfway through the guy infront and behind you get. As long as the number doesn’t come out whacky, both sides are better off signing at slot and starting their career.

  2. JBerardi - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Love it. The Lowell Spinners are going to be freakin’ loaded this year.

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