The contract will include a $1.37 million bonus, plus a college scholarship.
(From a Phillies news release) The 21-year-old left-hander will join the Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League) in Lowell, Mass., tomorrow. Savery, a junior, was the 19th overall selection in the first round out of Rice University, which went to the College World Series. The Owls finished third in the nation. As a pitcher at Rice, the 6-foot-3 Savery finished 11-1 with a 2.99 ERA. In 18 starts, he allowed 82 hits and 41 walks in 93.1 innings while striking out 61. He was also one of the premier two-position players in the country. Playing first base and designated hitter, he led the Owls with a .356 average, 98 hits, 139 total bases and 60 RBI. He had 19 doubles, two triples and six homers.
A consensus All-American, Savery was also named the Conference USA Male Athlete of the Year. He was the conference's Player of the Year and among four finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy given to college baseball's top player. Of the first 19 players selected, the Phillies have signed 17. Fifteen of the first 19 selections were college players.
This was discussed in an earlier thread, but probably deserves to be in the header. The Yankees need a backup catcher and the New York Post thinks Rod Barajas would be a match. The Yankees believe that free-agents-to-be, like relievers Mike Myers and Luis Vizcaino, could be replaced adequately by Triple-A options, and that eventually Jeff Karstens and/or prospects Joba Chamberlain and Ross Ohlendorf could be moved from the rotation to the pen. The New York Post scenario calls for Myers or Vizcaino to the Phils for Barajas.
Other MLB news
-- Dave Williams, designated for assignment by the Mets, cleared waivers. He's headed back to Triple-A New Orleans.
-- Julio Franco, 48, whom the Mets designated for assignment last week, is back with the Braves, his agent confirmed to the New York Post yesterday.
-- The Mariners are looking for starting pitchers, and were hoping Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte might be available. But the Yankees aren't giving up on their season, and have no plans to deal Pettitte, according to the Newark Star Ledger. On a related note, the Yankees, along with the Braves, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Cubs, have expressed interest in Kansas City right-hander Zack Greinke.
-- According to the Kansas City Star, the Dodgers, Indians, Tigers, Red Sox and Braves are among those teams known to have some interest in Kansas City starter Octavio Dotel.
-- Ervin Santana, who was demoted to Triple-A Salt Lake, is expected to rejoin the Angels this season, according to manager Mike Scioscia.