Red Sox sign Anthony Ranaudo, others

Updated: August 17, 2010, 8:52 AM ET
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The Boston Red Sox went down to the wire but came away with a deal with LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo just before Monday's midnight deadline to sign players from this year's first-year player draft.

The deal for Ranaudo -- who was chosen in the supplemental first round, 39th overall -- is worth $2.55 million, according to multiple reports.

Ranaudo was hampered by a forearm injury this spring as a junior, and he slipped out of the first round. But his performance for Brewster in the Cape Cod League this summer indicates he's healthy. Ranaudo did not allow an earned run over five starts, allowing 10 hits and striking out 31 over 29 ⅔ innings while going 3-0.

Ranaudo, who has been advised by agent Scott Boras, went 12-3 with a 3.04 ERA in 19 starts for LSU as a sophomore and earned the victory in the clinching game of the 2009 College World Series.

In all, the Red Sox signed seven players Monday. In addition to Ranaudo, they agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Brandon Workman (second round) and Matthew Price (eighth round), shortstops Sean Coyle (third round) and Garin Cecchini (fourth round), left-handed pitcher Chris Hernandez (seventh round) and outfielder Lucas LeBlanc (11th round).

The deal for Workman (57th overall) is worth $800,000, Coyle's is for $1.3 million and Cecchini's is worth $1.31 million, according to Baseball America.

The Red Sox signed each of their first 10 selections in the draft and 14 of their top 15.

Workman was 12-1 for the University of Texas as a junior this past season, finishing fifth in the Big 12 with 101 strikeouts and ninth with a 3.35 ERA.

Coyle, 18, hit 13 home runs, hit .562 (50-for-89) and had 22 stolen bases while playing shortstop for Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa.

Cecchini, a shortstop at Barbe High in Lake Charles, La., was one of the top high school hitters in the draft and a potential first-rounder until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and required reconstructive surgery in mid-March, according to Baseball America.

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