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Red Sox second-round pick Jud Fabian reportedly won’t sign

The Red Sox will receive a compensatory pick in next year's second round if Fabian refuses to sign.

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Florida outfielder Jud Fabian reportedly won't sign with the Red Sox after they drafted him in the second round. AP Photo/Gary McCullough

The Red Sox’s seemingly magical season may have hit a bit of a snag: According to Peter Gammons, Florida outfielder Jud Fabian will not sign after the Red Sox took him in the second round.

Per Gammons, the Red Sox will not offer Fabian $3 million — a number two teams behind the Red Sox were reportedly willing to offer.

The slot value for the No. 40 pick is $1.86 million. The deadline to sign is August 1, so if this is a negotiating tactic by Fabian, the two sides still have some time to come together.

Fabian was considered a first-round talent, and MLB.com’s Jim Callis reported the Red Sox even considered him with the No. 4 pick at the beginning of the year, per NESN. Red Sox scouts began eyeing Fabian when he played in the Cape League prior to his freshman year at Florida.

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“We obviously have experience scouting Jud, really dating back to early in high school,” Red Sox amateur scouting director Paul Toboni told reporters after the draft. “He has been such a unique talent for so long now. Just having the opportunity to select him was obviously a great thing for us.

“It’s funny how five years of scouting him led to this build-up and led to a level of comfort for us that was high.”

Fabian batted .249/.364/.560 last year at Florida — somewhat uninspiring numbers, especially given his high number of strikeouts, but he did hit 20 home runs.

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If Fabian and the Red Sox can’t come to an agreement, the Red Sox will receive the 41st pick in next year’s draft as compensation.

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