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Couple of Houston-Area Players Sign With MLB

Sad times for both Texas A&M and Texas today. No, I'm not talking about the possible end of the Thanksgiving Day game. Both baseball teams lost players on the final day when drafted MLB players can sign.

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A&M pitcher John Stilson, who turned into the ace of the Aggies' staff this season, signed a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays for $500,000 last night. The former reliever was moved into the starting rotation this season and locked down Friday nights for A&M until a shoulder injury forced him out late in the season. It first looked like Stilson would require surgery on a torn labrum, but subsequent evaluations said rest and rehab should heal the injury on its own.

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The Blue Jays also landed another Houston prepster in The Colony third baseman Matt Dean. The power-hitting right-hander was committed to the University of Texas, but got a pretty good signing bonus (as yet unrevealed) to sign with Toronto. Dean was taken in the 13th round, but had the talent to be a sandwich-round pick. Dean slid a bit over his commitment, but it appears Toronto spent enough to get him signed. UPDATE: Keith Law is reporting that Dean got $737,500, which is right about sandwich-round money and way over the slot recommendation for his round.

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Signings will be coming fast and furiously today and we'll try to keep you updated as they roll in.

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