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Bucs Sign Miller For $900,000

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The Pirates have yet to sign their top two draft picks, Pedro Alvarez and Tanner Scheppers. However, Pittsburgh handed out a sandwich round-worthy bonus Friday afternoon to Shawnee High (Medford, […]

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Matusz Lands First Big League Deal

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Friend of BA Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that San Diego lefthander Brian Matusz has landed the first big league contract in the 2008 draft. The […]

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Thursday’s Over-Slot Signings

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No first-round picks had officially come to terms by late evening Thursday, leaving 10 unsigned with the deadline looming at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday. But Thursday did see some […]

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Grossman Gets $1 Million

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The Pirates signed one of their draftees to a seven-figure deal on Thursday. The surprise was that it wasn’t first-rounder Pedro Alvarez or second-rounder Tanner Scheppers. Instead, BA’s Pirates correspondent […]

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Mooneyham Turns Down $1.4 Million

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BA’s longtime Padres correspondent, John Maffei of the North County Times, reports the club won’t be able to sign its de facto backup first-round pick despite offering him first-round money. […]

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Crow Signs . . . With Fort Worth

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Missouri righthander Aaron Crow signed Wednesday—but not with the Nationals, who drafted him ninth overall. Instead, he agreed to a deal with the Fort Worth Cats of the independent American […]

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Fourth-Round Update

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In addition to signing third-rounder Roger Kieschnick on Wednesday, the Giants also inked fourth-rounder Brandon Crawford. The UCLA shortstop, a projected first-rounder before a disappointing spring, received a $375,000 bonus, […]

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Reds To Sign Sulbaran For $500,000

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A source has confirmed that the Reds will finalize a contract with 30th-round pick Juan Carlos Sulbaran on Thursday. Sulbaran, a righthander from American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla., will […]

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Kieschnick Matches Third-Round High

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Texas Tech outfielder Roger Kieschnick matched the highest bonus in the third round this year, signing with the Giants for $525,000 Wednesday. That matched the bonus Long Beach State shortstop […]

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Chisox Ink Beckham For $2.6 Million

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The White Sox announced the signing of first-round pick Gordon Beckham for a $2.6 million bonus today. Beckham, the eighth overall pick who led Georgia to the College World Series […]

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Monday’s Above-Slot Signings

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The final week remaining before Friday’s 11:59 p.m. EDT signing deadline opened Monday without any of the 11 remaining unsigned first-round picks coming to terms. But five players in the […]

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Changing Their Ways

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After refusing to exceed MLB's slotting guidelines and spending just $1.6 million on their entire 2007 draft, the Astros have reversed course. Houston went over slot to sign a pair of Texas high school pitchers in late July and early August, giving supplemental third-rounder Ross Seaton $700,000 and eighth-rounder Brad Dydalewicz $425,000. Last year, Houston surrendered its first- and second-round choices as free-agent compensation and failed to sign its third- , fourth- and eight-rounders, a huge blow to a farm system already in decline. New general manager Ed Wade restructured the scouting department after coming aboard last September, hiring former Brewers crosschecker Bobby Heck as scouting director.

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Area Code Sleepers

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As the Area Code and Aflac Games draw to a conclusion, my colleague Matt Blood will give readers the lowdown on the top prospects: the Bryce Harper, Tyler Matzek, Donovan […]

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SPARQ at the Ball ParQ

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One of the premier features of the annual Area Code Games is SPARQ testing, which was first instituted at the Long Beach event about five years ago. In the chronologically […]

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