Braves agree to terms with first-round pick Kolby Allard

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There was some speculation earlier this week that Braves first-round pick Kolby Allard would honor his oral commitment to UCLA rather than begin his professional baseball career, but we can put any such talk to rest:

According to Keith Law of ESPN, Allard will receive a bonus of $3,042,000. This is $200,000 over the slot value for the No. 14 overall pick. The 17-year-old left-hander likely would have been picked higher if it wasn’t for a back injury which has since healed, so the Braves paid up in order to get him in the fold.

Now that the Braves and Allard have come to an agreement, No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson (selected by the Diamondbacks) is the lone remaining player in the top 15 picks who has yet to sign. July 17 is the signing deadline for amateur draft picks.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.