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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Baseball America: Jacobs to sign with Red Sox

Auburn had pretty much resigned itself to losing running back signee Brandon Jacobs to Major League Baseball. According to Baseball America, it's practically a done deal.

Jim Callis reported today that Jacobs, a 10th-round pick by the Boston Red Sox, agreed to terms for a $750,000 signing bonus. All that's pending is the physical. It's the largest bonus for a player taken after the eighth round so far this year.

We saw head baseball coach John Pawlowski at a football practice the other day and he said the staff can't do much more than wait to see if any of its high-profile signees decide to sign pro contracts.

Pro teams have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, to sign draft picks or else they can re-enter the draft pool next year. And keep in mind, these things happen in bunches at the last second, particularly once one or two signing bonuses are announced and set the market.

Here are the players Auburn's waiting for:
  • SS Nick Franklin, Orlando, Fla., 1st-round pick by the Seattle Mariners: He's one of two first-rounders the Mariners have yet to sign, joining second overall pick Dustin Ackley.
  • C Lucas Bailey, LaGrange, Ga., 4th-round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays
  • P Drew Madrigal, Menifee, Calif. (JC transfer), 11th-round pick by the San Diego Padres: There hasn't been much on this front, but Madrigal sure made it sound like he was going to sign in this interview with Scout.com last month.
The Tigers already lost two players from their roster last year to the draft -- 3B Joseph Sanders, a fifth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies, and RP Scott Shuman, a 19th-round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Sanders is off to a slow start with the Class A Short-Season Tri-City Dust Devils, batting .229 with one home run in 166 at bats.

Shuman hasn't allowed an earned run in 13 innings since joining the Class A Short-Season Princeton Rays in the Appalachian League, with 16 strikeouts in 12 innings.

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