Who says it's impossible to make any money right out of college these days?
According to Baseball America's Jim Callis, the Red Sox have signed No. 1 pick Deven Marrero, a middle infielder from Arizona State, to a signing bonus worth 2.05 million.
RedSox, 1st-rder Deven Marrero agree on 2.05 mil bonus (1.75 mil pick value). Slick-fielding ArizonaState SS. mlbdraft Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 17, 2012
Marrero was the 24th pick in this year's draft.
Teams are handling draft picks a little bit differently this year than they have in years past. Each pick has an assigned value, and each team has a certain amount of money they are allowed to use for draft picks' bonuses. Players taken after the tenth round cannot receive a signing bonus of more than 100,000.
The 24th pick this year was assigned a value of 1.75 million. Marrero's signing leaves Boston 331,700 over the assigned values for its signees in the first 10 rounds, according to Callis.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.