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Burks was Boston's No. 1 draft pick in '83

Updated: February 4, 2004, 10:48 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox will announce Thursday that they've signed Ellis Burks to a one-year contract, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports.

Burks will be guaranteed $750,000, with health-based incentives that could double that amount.

The Red Sox have been having conversations with Burks for weeks and he had a physical this week. Late last week, another AL team, believed to be Seattle, made a run at signing him, which caused the Red Sox to accelerate the pace in the last few days ...

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