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Red Sox make 29 draft picks on Day 2

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Red Sox make 29 draft picks on Day 2

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

The Red Sox completed the second phase of the draft on Tuesday, spanning rounds 2 through 30.

They started the day by taking outfielder Williams Jerez. Jerez, selected in the second round with the 81st overall pick, was selected out of Grand Street Campus High in Brooklyn. A native of the Dominican Republic, Jerez, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder, has led New York Citys Public School Athletic League with a .692 batting average this year, with five home runs, 32 RBI, and 26 stolen bases.

Over the first two days of the draft, the Sox have selected 20 pitchers, (14 right-handers, six left-handers), six infielders, five outfielders, and two catchers. Of the 33 players taken, 16 are from high school, 17 from college.

In the third round (111th overall pick), the Sox selected catcher Jordan Weems out of Columbus High School in Columbus, GA. Weems hit .443 (54 hits) with a .738 slugging percentage and .534 on-base percentage, playing in all 39 games for Columbus High this year en route to the schools second consecutive Georgia High School Association Class AAA State Championship. The left-handed hitter drove in 36 runs and scored 39 times. He was named to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirers First-Team and is an All-Bi-City Baseball selection. His father Rick was a minor league catcher in the Cardinals organization and his brother Chase is currently catching in the Reds system.

Another notable selection was first baseman Travis Shaw out of Kent State University, who was taken in the ninth round. His father Jeff pitched parts of 12 seasons in the majors from 1990-2001. Shaw was a First-Team All-MAC selection this year, leading the conference with 14 home runs while slugging .553 and collecting 51 RBI.

The Sox took right-handed pitcher Brenden Shepard out of Stonehill College in the 28th round. Shepard is a native of Boxford, Mass., and attended Masconoment Regional High. He had 10 saves while posting a 3.63 ERA, allowing nine earned runs over 22 13 innings with 34 strikeouts in 20 relief appearances this season.

Following are all the Sox picks from day two:

Round Player Pos. BT Height Weight School Hometown2 WilliamsJerez OF LL 6-4 190 Grand Street Campus HS Brooklyn,NY3 Jordan Weems C LR 6-3 165 Columbus High School Columbus,GA4 Noe Ramirez RHP RR 6-3 180 Cal StateFullerton East LosAngeles, CA5 Mookie Betts SS RR 5-10 165 John Overton High School Nashville, TN6 Miguel Pena LHP LL 6-2 175 San Jacinto College Palmview, TX7 Cody Kukuk LHP LL 6-4 200 Lawrence Free State HS Lawrence, KS8 SenquezGolson OF RR 5-10 191 Pascagoula High School Pascagoula, MS9 Travis Shaw 1B LR 6-4 215 Kent State University Wash. Court House, OH10 Cody Koback OF RR 6-0 185 U. of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Plover, WI11 Kevin Brahney LHP LL 6-5 220 CalState University, Chico Sunnyvale, CA12 Deshorn Lake RHP RR 6-1 210 Menchville High School Menchville, VA13 Matty Ott RHP RR 6-2 195 Louisiana State University Chalmette, LA14 Mike McCarthyRHP RR 6-3 185 CalState Bakersfield Brentwood,CA15 BradenKapteyn RHP RR 6-4 220 University of Kentucky Lansing, IL16 DanielGossett RHP RR 6-2 165 James F. Byrnes High School Duncan,SC17 BlakeForslund RHP RR 6-4 215 LibertyUniversity Lynchburg,VA18 Andrew Jones RHP RR 6-3 185 Samford University Marietta, GA19 Sikes Orvis 1B LR 6-3 210 Freedom High School Orlando, FL20 Zach Good LHP LL 6-4 185 Grayson CountyCollege Mesquite, TX21 AustinDavidson SS LR 6-0 175 Oxnard High School Oxnard, CA22 Joe Holtmeyer RHP RR 6-3 240 Univ.of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE23 Jarrett Brown LHP RL 6-3 169 Salem High School Conyers, GA24 Drew Turocy OF LL 6-3 185 University of Akron Canfield, OH25 Taylor Ard 1B RR 6-1 228 Washington State University Vancouver, WA26 Cody Dill RHP RR 6-1 165 Los Osos HighSchool RanchoCucamonga, CA27 Alex Massey RHP RR 6-2 180 Catholic High School Baton Rouge, LA28 BrendenShepard RHP RR 6-0 190 Stonehill College Boxford, MA29 Matt Spalding RHP RR 5-11 190 St. Xavier High School Louisville, KY30 Nick Moore 3B SR 6-3 210 Brookwood High School Snellville, GA.
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Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

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Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

He was dubbed "Closer B" by Red Sox manager John Farrell when acquired at the trade deadline last summer, now Addison Reed is "Closer B Gone"...to the Twins.

The right-handed reliever, 29, has agreed to a two-year, $16.75 million free-agent deal with Minnesota, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and TheAthletic.com reports. 

Reed began last season with the Mets and had 19 saves and a 2.57 ERA before being traded to the Red Sox, where he had a 3.33 ERA in 29 games (27 innings) without a save as a setup man for Craig Kimbrell.  
 

Red Sox, Mookie Betts far apart on salary and heading toward arbitration

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Red Sox, Mookie Betts far apart on salary and heading toward arbitration

The Red Sox and star right fielder Mookie Betts intend to go to an arbitration hearing in February, and there were signs this was coming even a year ago.

Betts was the only arbitration-eligible player on the Red Sox who did not settle on a contract with the team on Friday, when a deadline arrived for all teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange 2018 salary figures. Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Drew Pomeranz were the biggest names to avoid hearings.

Betts filed for a $10.5 million salary and the Red Sox filed at $7.5 million.  Betts and the Red Sox agreed previously that if no figure could be settled on by the Friday deadline, they would proceed to a hearing, assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran said. 

A three-person panel of arbitrators therefore is set to determine what Betts makes in 2018: either the $7.5 million figure the Sox filed or the $10.5 million figure Betts' camp submitted. The arbitrators won't settle on a midpoint for the parties. 

O'Halloran noted to the Globe there are no hard feelings involved.

Nonetheless, such a large gap would seem to provide incentive to settle. The parties technically could still decide to do so, but that would take a change of course from the present plan. The idea was to settle any time before Friday, and they did not. 

Betts is asking for near-record money for a first-year arbitration eligible player. Kris Bryant set the record Friday with a $10.85 million settlement.

The hearings can be difficult for player-team relations because teams have to make the case in front of the player that he is worth less money than he wants.

Betts, 25, hit .264, with 24 homers, 102 RBI, 25 stolen bases and a .803 OPS in 2017, numbers that fell from his American League MVP runner-up performance in 2016, but were nonetheless very strong and coupled with first-rate defense.

This offseason is Betts' first of arbitration eligibility. In the first three years of service time in a players' career, there's no recourse if you don't like the salary a team is offering. Teams can pay players anything at league minimum or above. 

The only option a player has in those first three years is to make a stand on principle: you can force the team to technically "renew" your salary, which notes to everyone that you did not agree to the salary. Betts and his agents did that in 2017 when the Sox paid him $950,000, a very high amount relative to most contract renewals.

Some of the standard thinking behind forcing a team to renew a contract is that if an arbitration case comes up down the road — and one now looms for Betts — it's supposed to show the arbitrators that the player felt even in seasons past, he was underpaid.

Still, the Sox may have effectively combatted that perception by paying Betts almost $1 million on a renewal. Per USA Today, that $950,000 agreement in 2017 was "the second-highest one-year deal ever for a non-arbitration-eligible player with two-plus years of big league service." Mike Trout got $1 million in 2014.