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Red Sox sign first-round pick Johnson

Red Sox sign first-round pick Johnson

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Red Sox sign first-round pick Johnson
BOSTON -- The Red Sox have signed all 12 of their picks from the first 10 rounds of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. First-rounder Brian Johnson, a left-hander and the team's second selection at No. 31 overall, and Austin Maddox, a third-round righty, were the last to complete deals.

Both pitchers are juniors out of the University of Florida.

According to Baseball America, the Red Sox spent $7,042,000 on their top 10 picks, which is $157,200 over their pick-value bonus pool. The Sox will be taxed on the money they went over, but they will not lose any Draft picks. They would have had to spend more than $344,200 beyond the pool -- or $7,228,200 -- for picks to have been forfeited.

Johnson signed for his $1.575 million slot value and Maddox signed for a reported $350,000, which is below his slotted pick value.

Johnson went 8-5 with a 3.90 ERA and 73 strikeouts compared to 18 walks in 17 starts and 90 innings for the Gators, who went to the College World Series. Maddox, the Gators' primary closer, went 3-3 with 12 saves, a 2.44 ERA, 57 strikeouts and 11 walks in 32 appearances and 55 1/3 innings.

So far, the Sox have signed 21 of their 42 picks.

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