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MLB notebook: Draft spending falls short of 2011 record

| Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:24 p.m.

Major league teams increased their spending on amateur draft picks 1.5 percent this year from a similar point last summer, yet the total dollars remained below the record set in 2011 before restraints were put in place.

Fifteen teams went over their bonus pool allotments and will pay $2.68 million in tax. But for the third straight year, none exceeded their pools by more than 5 percent — the level where a club would forfeit its first-round selection next year.

Teams committed $223.2 million in signing bonuses through the July 18 deadline, which applied picks who had not exhausted college baseball eligibility, up from $219.9 million at the deadline last year and $207.8 million at a similar point in 2012. The record of $233.6 million spent on amateur draft picks was set three years ago.

• Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski told the Boston Globe he believes David Ortiz is the second-best hitter in Boston history, behind only Ted Williams. “I think so, yeah. I would put [Ortiz] ahead of me,” Yastrzemski said. “He had more power than I had.” Ortiz, 38, has 455 career home runs. Yastrzemski, who played for the BoSox from 1961-83, had 452 homers.

• Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy (8-9. 3.66 ERA) will miss his scheduled start against the Braves on Monday because of a left oblique strain. Manager Bud Black said Jason Lane will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso to make the fill-in start.

• The Reds activated infielder Jack Hannahan from the 60-day disabled list. He has missed the entire season following offseason shoulder surgery.

• The Blue Jays designated reliever Esmil Rodgers for assignment for the second time this season, and filled the right-hander's spot on the 25-man roster by activating outfielder Nolan Reimold from the 15-day disabled list.

• A Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a Yankees fan. The 2013 championship ring was misplaced in a Manhattan restaurant by Drew Weber, who owns Boston's minor league team in Lowell, Mass. The ring was found on a restroom sink by Luigi Militello, who is a lifelong Yankees fan.

— Wire reports

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