Red Sox sign 17-year-old Australian pitcher Daniel McGrath

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They haven’t landed Roy Oswalt, but the Red Sox did sign a pitcher yesterday in 17-year-old Australian left-hander Daniel McGrath.

McGrath is still in high school, so according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com he’ll fly to America to briefly attend spring training in Florida and then head back to Australia to play for the under-18 national team.

Bradford reports that 15 major-league teams expressed interest in signing McGrath, who apparently “turned down richer offers” because he’s “a longtime Red Sox fan.” He also turned down a chance to play college ball and according to Bradford drew the most interest “of any Australian teenager in at least the past 10 years.”