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Brazelton Agrees to Contract with Tampa Bay

August 25, 2001 · MT Media Relations
A week of speculation and about 11 weeks of negotiations came to and end on Saturday as Dewon Brazelton verbally agreed to a contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Brazelton was the third pick in the 2001 draft and remained unsigned since the June 5 selection. He had enrolled in classes, but had not yet attended a class. Had Brazelton attended class the Rays would have lost their rights to him and he would have reentered the draft after playing his senior season in a Blue Raider uniform.

"Its been such a huge roller coaster ride, its good to have it done," said an elated Brazelton. "I've been getting beat to death with people asking about me signing, so its good to finally have something to tell them."

Brazelton's contract is a four-year deal for a reported $4.8 million. Brazelton will sign his contract next weekend pending a physical and will immediately report to the Devil Rays and begin working out with the big league club. It is expected that Brazelton could see some action late in September after Major League clubs expand their rosters.

"I just think the whole package of the person, the stuff, and the desire is going to let this guy potentially get on the fast track," said Tampa Bay Scouting Director Dan Jennings. "Everything is there for Dewon to try and move this thing as fast as he wants to. His ability speaks for itself."

Brazelton was excited to have the contract negations finished, but the reality of becoming a millionaire had not yet set in.

"I think everybody won in these negotiations. I don't feel cheated and they don't feel cheated. Tampa Bay told us what they could do and we made it work for us. At some point I'll probably break down in tears. This is something that I've wanted since I was in little league. It's a dream come true," Brazelton concluded.

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