The Red Sox have reportedly signed another draft pick from this past June’s amateur draft, inking right-handed pitcher Austin Maddox. The third round selection was 3-3 with 12 saves and a 2.44 ERA while playing for the University of Florida Gators. The deal is said to be worth $350k which is about $50k under the recommended slot.
The 118th pick will forgo his final year in Florida and was one save shy of tying the team’s single season save record. In 32 appearances, he worked in 55.1 innings and tallied 57 strikeouts while handing out just 11 free passes and holding opponents to just a .206 average.
Despite the below slot signing, the Red Sox are still over the budget allowed to sign draft picks and they will be taxed upon the amount they are over. Details have yet to be revealed as to the dollar amount. You may recall the club gave first overall pick Deven Marrero a signing bonus of $2.05MM which was higher than the recommended slot amount.
Other off field news includes the Pittsburgh Pirates claiming Oscar Tejeda off waivers from the Red Sox. A once promising young prospect, Tejeda has struggled to live up to the hype over the past two years and was exposed after the Youkilis deal brought back two players that required a roster spot.