Justin time.

T.R. Sullivan reports on his MLB.com blog that Justin Smoak has signed with the Rangers, minutes before the 11 p.m. deadline. Terms were undisclosed, but it's apparently NOT a major league deal. Outstanding.

Also, the bonus that Texas reportedly agreed to give second-rounder Robbie Ross was $1.575 million -- approximately the same bonus that Blake Beavan got last year as the 17th pick in the even deeper 2007 draft. Ross went 57th in this draft.

Great night for the Rangers, off the field.


According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, Smoak's deal is for $3.5 million. According to many reports, it's not a major league deal, meaning he doesn't take up a spot on the 40-man roster until he plays his way onto the big league roster.

All things equal, I'd have taken Smoak over Yonder Alonso -- whom Cincinnati took four spots earlier, and gave not only a million dollars more to sign but also a major league deal.


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