Jun 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EST
Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Red Sox and No. 24 overall pick Deven Marrero have agreed to a $2.05 million deal that’s slightly above the slot value of $1.75 million.
Coming into the season Marrero was widely considered a top-10 talent, but the Arizona State shortstop’s stock dropped as he struggled offensively.
Even with the inconsistent offensive production Baseball America ranked Marrero as the 14th-best player in the draft class and ESPN.com rated him 13th, so if the Red Sox believe in his bat they got excellent value near the end of the first round.
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