Red Sox first rounder Kolbrin Vitek said tonight that he has a "verbal agreement" in place with the Red Sox. Vitek, a 21-year-old college infielder, said on a conference call that he expects to start his pro career soon, since he and the Red Sox have exchanged figures and come to an informal agreement. Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears that Vitek will sign for slot money ($1.36MM in 2009).
GM Theo Epstein said the club is also close to an agreement with supplemental round pick Bryce Brentz. Nothing is official yet, but Epstein says the club could make an announcement or two soon.
"We might have something to announce in the next couple days, pending physicals," Epstein said.
The Red Sox spoke to Vitek, a two-way player in college, about playing third base and that's where he expects to play. Vitek says third base is a "pretty comfortable" position for him, since he played there his sophomore year.
The Red Sox expect to spend considerably more time negotiating a deal with supplemental rounder Anthony Ranaudo, a Scott Boras client.
That was quick. And pretty nice seeing him with the sox seeing as the padres were rumored to be looking at him a lot.
That’s a nice surprise from a first rounder…
Yup, speaks well to his character.
Alex Speier (via twitter) says deal is for slot. Nice for the Sox.
Was hoping Vitek would be available lower, but since they grabbed plenty of excellent talent in the supplemental talent anyway, just as nice and this way Vitek can probably start at short season A ball when it starts up later this month??
Hope Sox do just as good and maybe can nab Paxton in tomorrow’s follow up phase of the draft. Great draft day though.
i like him already
so hopefully 2 down and the last, and most important one, to go. Come on Theo and Boras, take some love potion #9 and get this deal done
We’ll be waiting awhile, Boras-style.
Is it too much to hope for a perfect ending in top 4 picks, with either Stetson Allie, or James Paxton with the #57 pick coming up 7th today?
Yes. But here’s hoping!
Vitek first round? Ridiculous. Anthony Gallas and Ben Klafczynski of Kent State are both better than him.