The Cleveland Indians are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Tyler Naquin, the team’s recent first-round draft selection.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Tribe could have a contract in place with the left-handed-hitting outfielder before this weekend’s three-game series is under way. Furthering the sentiment that the team opted to slot their first-round selection in order to have the ability to go over their budget for the rest of the draft, Naquin will allegedly sign for a $1.75 million, according to Perfect Game USA. The Indians were allotted $2.5 million for their first round pick in the first-year player draft.
The 6’1, 175-pound Naquin is known as a high-average, speed guy, and was rated as the “best pure hitter” in the class by Baseball America.
Hoynes also adds that Kieran Lovegrove, a high right-hander from San Diego and the team’s third-round selection, will be in Cleveland for his physical this weekend and could sign as well.
The recently altered Major League Baseball Collective Bargaining Agreement has allowed for the quicker signing of draft picks, formerly drifting to mid-to-late summer.
(Update: Naquin has officially been signed. The Indians also agreed to terms with second-round selection, right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown)