For the last two weeks, there have been rumors that first round pick Joe Savery was close to putting his autograph on a deal with the Phillies. In fact, Savery spent July 4th with the club when they were in Houston and it was thought that the visit could end with a trip back to Philadelphia to officially sign a deal.
It took ten more days, but Savery and the Phillies have a deal, reportedly worth $1.38 million. The contract isn't officially signed, pending a physical for Savery, which is likely to take place early this week in Philadelphia. If all goes well, Savery will then sign the deal, meet with the media and head to Williamsport to start his career with the New York - Penn League's Williamsport CrossCutters.
Savery's deal came in about where it was expected to financially. Last year, the Phillies gave Kyle Drabek, who was taken with the 16th overall pick, $1.55 million. This year's 16th pick, Kevin Ahrens, signed a $1.44 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays and Chris Withrow, who was drafted right after Savery, inked a $1.35 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Phillies are hoping that Savery can get off to a better start than Drabek has with his pro career. Drabek has struggled on the mound and has missed substantial time with an elbow inflammation.