Red Sox sign top four draft picks

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Red Sox sign top four draft picks

It came down to the wire, but in the end, the Red Sox signed all of their first round draft picks from the 2011 class.

RHP Matt Barnes (19 overall), C Blake Swihart (26), LHP Henry Owens (36), and OF Jackie Bradley (40) all came to terms before the deadline, and will join the Red Sox organization with healthy signing bonuses.

Barnes reportedly received a 1.5 million signing bonus, slightly about the MLB average for that draft slot.

Swihart, considered the best catcher in the draft, got a whopping 2.5 million signing bonus, well beyond the average, and the most the Sox have ever given to a rookie. The Sox were dead set on getting him to sign, and had to pay up in order for him to not play for the Texas Longhorns.

Owens also signed for well above the MLB average, reportedly at 1.55 million.

The Sox were also successful in coming to terms with a number of other later draft picks. However, eighth-round pick Senquez Golson, a high school outfielder from Mississippi, elected to play football at Ole Miss, and 12th-round selection Deshorn Lake, a high school pitcher from Virginia, also chose not to sign.

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

The Red Sox have more or less withdrawn from the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, with Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald noting that much of their reluctance hinges on the likelihood that they’d exceed the new $195 million luxury tax threshold by locking the DH into a lucrative deal. That doesn’t leave them without options, however, and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the club could be interested in 29-year-old corner infielder Pedro Alvarez, as well as fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday.

After playing just 10 games at DH from 2010 to 2015, Alvarez suited up as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and part-time third baseman in 2016. His defense is sub-par, to say the least, but he batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs for Baltimore in 2016.

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