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Red Sox sign 17-year-old Australian pitcher Daniel McGrath

Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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They haven’t landed Roy Oswalt, but the Red Sox did sign a pitcher yesterday in 17-year-old Australian left-hander Daniel McGrath.

McGrath is still in high school, so according to Rob Bradford of he’ll fly to America to briefly attend spring training in Florida and then head back to Australia to play for the under-18 national team.

Bradford reports that 15 major-league teams expressed interest in signing McGrath, who apparently “turned down richer offers” because he’s “a longtime Red Sox fan.” He also turned down a chance to play college ball and according to Bradford drew the most interest “of any Australian teenager in at least the past 10 years.”

  1. vivabear - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    The Danny McGrath that graduated from Knibb High Scool in 1984?

    • vivabear - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM


      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:58 AM

        You call Bard a pitcher? THIS is a pitcher

  2. mooseinohio - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    According to Boras – one benefit of over spending on Dice-K was to open up marketing opportunities for the Red Sox to sell their brand. Wonder if their ROI on signing a 17 yo for next to nothing surpasses the crazy $100+ million investment in Dice-K?

    Also, I wonder if John Henry will now make a bid on the Melbourne Football Club – The Boston Demons in an effort to further expand his empire?

  3. uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    “He also turned down a chance to play college ball and according to Bradford drew the most interest “of any Australian teenager in at least the past 10 years.”

    Not being that up to date on interest in Australian teenage baseball players, is the above quote supposed to be a compliment to McGrath?.

  4. CJ - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    man, the KOB is gonna be PISSED!!!!

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Damn … beat me to it.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:00 AM

        900 hundred dollareedoos!?! Tobias! Did you sign a 17-year-old pitcher to play in the States?

  5. yodougmurphy - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Just hope the Sox know that pitchers pitch the opposite direction in Australia.

    • Glenn - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      No problem – they can just reverse Fenway Park.

  6. kiwicricket - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Antipodeans are slowly taking over the game.
    Mark my words people

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Just what we need…kiwicricket bravado running rampant.

      • kiwicricket - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        I was talking to a girl in a bar in rural California a few years back. She informed me that New Zealand was actually a part of Australia, kind of like a holiday destination. Proceeded to tell me all about the marsupials she petted in Australian wildlife sanctuaries, and how the Australians sent their criminals to New Zealand and formed a giant penal colony back in the 80’s.
        All very interesting… I didn’t have the heart to tell her otherwise, as we seemed like we were going to be such good friends for that evening. We were good friends that evening.
        Never even blinked at claiming success at the expense of Australia ever again.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        Dammit Kiwi! Since your comment about livestock from yesterday, that excellent story was ruined by my mental image of you chatting up an uninformed merino in a bar. I know for a fact that merino’s are smarter than that, too, so that story is just ruined for me….

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Huh…New Zealand was a penal colony for a penal colony. Who knew?

  7. Stiller43 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM


    Comment of the year.

  8. drewzducks - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Dearest Mr. Cherrington, Thank you for answering all our concerns about our MASH unit of a starting staff and our glaring hole at SS with this one move.

    Yours truly,

    Mick Dundee

  9. tmohr - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    This here is the wattle,
    it’s the emblem of our land.
    You can stick it in a bottle,
    or you can hold it in your hand.

  10. bigleagues - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Interestingly enough, almost 1-year ago to the day, the Red Sox signed a 17-year-old softball Catcher from New Zealand.

    He joined two Aussie brothers at the Sawx training academy is Australia.

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