Silver lining for Red Sox: Tigers' pick
The secret winners here are the Boston Red Sox, who will almost certainly end up with the Tigers' first-round pick, 19th overall, in the loaded 2011 draft. They could now surrender their own first-rounder (24th) to sign another type A free agent, or just take those two high picks into a draft class that looks like the best since at least 2005.
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