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Monday, June 7, 2010
Rangers agree with C, close on Skole

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to terms on a $1 million signing bonus with catcher Kellin Deglan, the club's No. 22 pick, pending a physical, according to sources familiar with negotiations.

The club is also close to an agreement with Jake Skole, taken 15th overall, according to a source.

Deglan is from British Columbia and played for a travel team. His team played against teams in extended spring training in Florida and Arizona and the Rangers saw him play during spring training. He grew up playing hockey as a defenseman, but settled on baseball at age 10. The Rangers selected him with the 22nd pick.

Skole, 18, signed a letter of intent to play football and baseball at Georgia Tech, but told football coach Paul Johnson that he intends to play baseball. He had a right ankle injury that shortened his season, but in 14 playoff games when he returned, he hit .452 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 14 playoff games. He had two hits off Cook High's Kaleb Cowart, taking No. 18 overall by the Angels.