Monday, July 21, 2008
Since the Sox did not make a big splash in the international market this year, it is a relief to read that “…multiple sources indicate that they are close to spending over $5 million more on three later picks with first-round talent.” Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus [login required] names Rhode Island native, Ryan Westmoreland signing for close to $2 million and Pete Hissey getting more than a $1 million. This information is not a surprise, but that the Sox are close with Alex Meyer is.
Theo and company selected Meyer in the 20th-round and after the pick I bet someone in the draft room said “Why the hell not?” Meyer was a flyer. Goldstein is reporting that Meyer is rumored to sign for $2 million. It could be that some dollars originally budgeted for another Michael Almanzar, who has been promoted and jumped a level as a 17 year-old to Greenville, will be going to Meyer. Selecting Meyer was a nice hedge against coming up relatively empty this year in the international market.