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August 15, 2008

Matusz signs with Orioles for $3.2 million

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San Diego left-handed pitcher and first-round pick (fourth overall) Brian Matusz hasn't had much time to sleep the past few days. However, his dream finally became a reality Friday afternoon when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles.

Matusz earned a signing bonus worth $3.2 million, and a four-year major league deal is also part of his contract with the Orioles.

"Lots of people were working real hard to make sure this deal got done," Matusz told Rivals.com. "I'm thankful to the Orioles for getting it done, and it's just a nice relief to be able to get back to playing baseball - which is obviously what I love to do most."

Friday's signing caps off a crazy weekend for Matusz. On Wednesday, the southpaw flew from San Diego to Baltimore on a red-eye flight for a physical. He flew back to San Diego on Wednesday night.

"I was in the mix of the negotiations the whole time, but it was pretty stressful," he said. "Flying as much as I did the past few days, I certainly didn't get much sleep."

With his contract sealed and delivered, the 2008 Rivals.com National Pitcher of the Year turns his attention to pro baseball, where he hopes to be in the big leagues sooner rather than later. For now, though, Matusz has immediate goals in mind.

"I'm just excited to get out there on the field and get to the next level," he said. "My goal is to get out to the Arizona Fall League and throw well."

With his dream finally a reality, Matusz may finally be able to get some sleep.

Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at rogersk@yahoo-inc.com.