Red Sox Sign Brian Johnson

June 26: The Red Sox have signed Johnson for a straight slot $1.575MM, reports Jim Callis of Baseball America.

June 21: The Red Sox are expected to sign first rounder Brian Johnson by the weekend, Evan Drellich and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com report. The University of Florida left-hander is expected to obtain a bonus of $1.575MM, which is precisely what MLB recommends for the 31st overall selection.

Johnson's college team has been knocked out of the College World Series, so he should be coming to Boston for a physical soon. The Red Sox obtained the 31st overall selection from the Phillies as compensation for losing closer Jonathan Papelbon via free agency. They obtained a second selection for losing Papelbon — the 37th overall pick — and used it to sign right-hander Pat Light.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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10 Comments on "Red Sox Sign Brian Johnson"


BostonRedSox777
3 years 2 months ago

Anyone know if Boston is over the supposed cap for signing draftees, I keep hearing people talk about it, being penalized if they go over. 

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

They can go up to 5% over their cap without losing picks (they would have to pay a 75% tax, but they wouldn’t lose any future picks).  Right now they are projected to be over – by less than 5% – but it depends on what Johnson and Maddox sign for.

garylanglais
3 years 2 months ago

They’re going to go over the allotted pool. They only have Maddox left to sign (of the top 10 Rd picks) and they’re down to $192,800. Maddox’s slot is $400,500. But so long as they sign Maddox to $530k or under they will not lose any picks next year.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Maddox is reportedly going to sign for under slot, so they should have some money left to go after a guy or two in the later rounds (still think they can get Martin signed).

3 years 2 months ago

it would be idiot to sign 
Brian Johnson at MLB recommend bonus which is very likely that red sox will lose 2013 first round pick

Dan Gorgone
3 years 2 months ago

You have to figure AC/DC is done making records, so Brian Johnson should be available. THUNDERSTRUCK!! m/

BostonRedSox777
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t think, I like this new system lol

Redsox7
3 years 2 months ago

The cool thing about johnson he can hit if pitching fails

3 years 2 months ago

Remember when this kid was the nerd in The Breakfast Club?

Sei Young Yi
3 years 2 months ago

$2.05 to Marrero, $1.575MM to Johnson
I was disappointed at poor negotiating power of Red Sox office and the result.
Why did they select college players?
I was glad to hear about inexpensive contracts(Light, Buttrey and Callahan)
But good estimation has been negated by recent two signings.
Maybe R S would be unable to sign high upside high school athletes because of overpaid p