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Don’t Expect Fields To Sign Tonight

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Georgia righthander Joshua Fields, the 20th overall pick by the Mariners, isn’t expected to sign tonight. As a college senior with no eligibility remaining, he has until a week before […]

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Braves Sign Hoover For $400,000

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The Braves have signed 10th-round pick J.J. Hoover, a righthander from Calhoun (Ala.) CC, for $400,000. Hoover helped the Harwich Mariners win the Cape Cod League championship this summer and […]

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Callis On Baseball Tonight

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ESPN’s Baseball Tonight needs information on the draft signing deadline, so naturally it is calling on Baseball America to help. BA executive editor Jim Callis will be on the 10 […]

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Rangers Ink Ross For $1,575,000

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The Rangers have signed Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy lefthander Robbie Ross for $1.575 million, the highest bonus paid out in the second round this year. Ross has a 90-92 mph […]

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Yankees Pay $675,000 For Lassiter

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As reported earlier, the Yankees signed 27th-round draft pick Garrison Lassiter. Baseball America since has learned that his bonus was $675,000, the equivalent of slot money for the 68th overall […]

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Red Sox Spend For Outfielders

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The Red Sox may have failed to sign Alex Meyer, but they have landed two athletic high school outfielders. Boston paid fifth-rounder Ryan Westmoreland (Portsmouth, R.I., High) $2 million—a record […]

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Matusz Contract Details

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As reported earlier today, No. 4 overall pick Brian Matusz signed a major league deal with the Orioles. The deal, which runs from 2009-13, includes a $3.2 million bonus and $2.825 […]

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Rays Land Lobstein For $1.5 Million

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The Rays have signed the top pick in the second round, Coconino High (Flagstaff, Ariz.) lefthander Kyle Lobstein, for $1.5 million. That’s the highest bonus in that round this year and […]

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Indians Land Two More

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The Indians have announced two more above-slot signings. Central Heights High (Nacogdoches, Texas) righthander Trey Haley signed for $1.25 million in the second round, the highest bonus thus far in his […]

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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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