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08/18/2009 - 12:28am
Reports: Strasburg signs with Nats for $15.67 million

According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, pitcher Stephen Strasburg -- whom the Nationals selected with the top overall pick in the 2009 draft -- signed a four-year, $15.67 million deal with Washington. The deal shattered the previous record of the largest draft deal in MLB history, a $10.5 million contract given by the Cubs to Mark Prior in 2001. That record, of course, is in keeping with the widely held notion that Strasburg might be the top pitching prospect in the history of the draft.


08/17/2009 - 9:12pm
Red Sox sign ninth-rounder Volz for $550,000

As first reported by Baseball America, the Red Sox signed ninth-round draft choice Kendal Volz for a bonus of $550,000. Volz, a right-handed pitcher from Baylor, was considered a likely first-round draft choice entering this draft season on the strength of dominating performances for Team USA last summer. But the junior struggled this year, and showed a decline in velocity. He had thrown a sinking mid-90s fastball, but he became more hittable this year as his fastball lost some zip and movement. Even so, the Sox were intrigued sufficiently by the potential to draft him and then to commit a bonus in line with the slot recommendation for a mid-second round pick to the right-hander.
 
"I saw him real early this year and he threw very well that night. It kind of tapered off very quickly for him," Red Sox scouting director Jason McLeod said of Volz earlier in...

08/17/2009 - 3:49pm
Red Sox put Smoltz on release waivers

According to a major-league source, the Red Sox have put pitcher John Smoltz on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of making him a free agent. Presuming that Smoltz clears waivers -- a near certainty -- he would become a free-agent, able to sign with any club for a prorated portion of the major-league minimum (roughly $100,000).
 
While the Sox will be off the hook for the amount Smoltz receives in a major-league contract that he signs with another club, the team will be responsible for almost all of the remainder of his $5.5 million salary. All told, between that salary, his $125,000 activation bonus, and the $35,000 a day that the team paid Smoltz during his time on the active roster in Boston (which ran from June 26-Aug. 7), the Sox will have paid Smoltz just over $7 million for his tenure in Boston, even when factoring in the off-set the team will receive from whatever team signs the pitcher.
 
Smoltz went 2-5...

08/17/2009 - 1:10pm
Report: Vikings Players Expect Favre to Play

According to a report from Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, several members of the Vikings anticipate that Brett Favre will sign to play in Minnesota in the coming weeks.
 
"I'm telling you it's already done," Glazer quoted one Viking of saying about a deal between Favre and the team. "I don't think anyone here doesn't think that."


08/17/2009 - 1:05pm
NHL Winter Classic at Fenway ticket draw begins Sept. 15

The much-anticipated 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day at Fenway Park has sparked huge interest from fans yearning for tickets, and the NHL announced Tuesday afternoon that a ticket drawing for the general public will take place on Sept. 15 at noon. The drawing, which will randomly pick lucky fans as ticket winners, will come to a close three weeks later on Oct. 5. Winners will be notified by Oct. 20 and allowed to buy a pair of tickets -- with prices ranging from $50-$350 depending on the seats chosen at Fenway. The ticket drawing will be hosted exclusively through NHL.com, but stay tuned for more details concerning ticket prices and availability at the winter Fens moving forward. Season-ticket owners for the Bruins and Flyers will receive notification in late August concerning the process of buying Winter Classic tickets...

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