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Nats agree to terms with McGeary

Nats agree to terms with McGeary

WASHINGTON -- A day after it appeared he would not play professional baseball, left-hander Jack McGeary, the sixth-round pick from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft signed with the Nationals late on Wednesday night.

McGeary said back in June that he was not going to sign with the Nationals unless he received first-round money and he now has it. According to sources, McGeary will get a $1.8 million signing bonus and the team will pay for his college education to Stanford University.

The Nationals have now signed each of their first 20 selections from the 2007 draft.

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"We are very pleased to be able to draft and sign three left-handed starting pitchers -- Jack McGeary, Ross Detwiler and Josh Smoker -- all blessed with first-round talent," general manager Jim Bowden said in a press release.

McGeary, 18, was named the 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts after going 6-1 with a 0.88 ERA in seven starts as a senior for Roxbury Latin High School in West Roxbury, MA. He struck out 80 in his 40 innings, leading his club to a share of the Independent School League championship.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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