Finally, the 2014 MLB draft news we've all been waiting for. It sounds like Carlos Rodon has agreed to terms with the White Sox.
I have learned @CarlosRodon16 is flying to Chicago today to sign #MLB contract. Physical tomorrow & expected to join Winston-Salem. #ncsu— Jeff Gravley (@jgravleyWRAL) July 9, 2014
Unfortunately, there are no details at this time. The fact that Rodon would be signed was not a question to anyone, but many Scott Boras clients do extend negotiations out to the deadline. If this report does turn out to be true, the Sox will beat the July 18th deadline by over a week.
On this past weekend's White Sox Weekly, Buddy Bell talked about Rodon and said "Hopefully we can get him [Rodon] on the mound before the end of the season." He then talked about a likely development plan that started with a couple weeks in Arizona to get him in the pitching program, but he wouldn't pitch in a game for "ten days to two weeks" and then would only pitch for an inning or two. Then, depending on how Rodon felt, he would be off to Winston-Salem or Birmingham. So, the mention of the assignment to Winston-Salem might be a few weeks from now, and not an immediate one.
UPDATE (by Jim, 10:20 p.m.): Jon Heyman drops some semblance of a dollar figure on us:
carlos rodon has agreement with #chison for more than $6.45M. on way for physical, as @jgravleyWRAL 1st reported— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 10, 2014