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Reds strike last-second deal with top pick Hunter Greene

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The Reds signed their top pick and right-handed pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene right at the 5 p.m. deadline to get the deal done on Friday.
Greene, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft, agreed to a record-setting bonus of $7.23 million according to multiple reports, the highest amount ever for any pitcher drafted out of high school.
“We think he’s got impeccable character and impressive on-field ability,” said Reds GM Dick Williams on a call with FOX19 Now and other media. “He’s the kind of guy you want to sign and build around.”
If Greene didn’t sign with the Reds, he would have been forced to wait another year to enter the draft if he attended a junior college, or wait three more years if he followed through with his intentions to play at UCLA. Instead, the Reds found a common ground with the 17-year-old star.  
“What made today easier was knowing that we were all a united front on where we wanted to go with this negotiation,” Williams said. “Internally, we were at peace with where we were willing to go and if it didn’t work out, we were at peace with the consequence. That being said, our strong preference was to get this man signed because we believe he is a generation of talent.”

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