Sox agree to deal with second rounder Teddy Stankiewicz


The Red Sox have reportedly agreed to a deal with the #45 pick Teddy Stankiewicz, according to WEEI’s Alex Speier.

May 2, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington speaks with reporters prior to a game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Stankiewicz is expected to pass his physical and could begin his pro career as early as next week when the Lowell Spinners kick off their season. Stankiewicz is not quite as raw, according to Speier, as most 19-year-olds thanks in large part to his lone year at junior college after failing to sign with the Mets after last year’s draft.

Stankiewicz had been expected to sign under slot, and has reportedly done just that signing for around $1.1 million. The #45 pick carries a recommended slot bonus of $1,229,600 which means roughly $130,000 in savings.

While not a huge amount of money, the Sox will be able to reinvest that cash into other picks. Over the Monster dubs Boston’s savings the “Jon Denney fund” as the catcher will likely require more money to sign away from his college commitment and more money than Stankiewicz, despite being taken 36 picks later. Most also expect first rounder Trey Ball to sign an under slot deal. The Sox should hopefully be able to wring enough money out of their first two picks to convince Denney to sign with the club.