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August 15, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Signing deadline looms for top draft picks

Tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline for major league clubs to sign their 2011 draft picks. Of the 53 selections the Red Sox made in June, only 21 have signed. More importantly, Boston’s top four picks -- RHP Matt Barnes, C Blake Swihart, LHP Henry Owens and OF Jackie Bradley Jr. -- remain unsigned, along with four other players selected by the Red Sox in the top 10 rounds. It’s expected that the Red Sox will lock up most of the big-name draft picks before the deadline, but that’s far from a lock.

Here’s a status update heading into tonight’s deadline:

Check out the full column at ESPN Boston