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Tribe reportedly close to agreeing to terms with Washington

By sstorm Published: June 8, 2010

Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweeted earlier this afternoon that the Indians had reached an agreement with second-round (55th overall)draft pick LeVon Washington for a hefty $1.5 million signing bonus.

Not only is that pretty high money for a second rounder, 45 minutes later Heyman tweeted the agreement wasn't "quite" complete.

What's known is this: The toolsy Washington "comes with a perceived lack of energy" according to MLB.com and turned down last year's offer of $1.1 million by the Tampa Bay Rays and instead headed to Chipola Junior College, where he had what scouts have labled a "disappointing" year.

Sound fishy to you? Yeah, me too. Then I found the missing piece of the puzle - Washington's agent is Scott Boras, the master of finagling organizations to pay up for over-slot deals.

Good luck to the Tribe's front office on this one. A player with questionable makeup represented by the biggest pain-in-the-you-know-what agent can't make for fun negotiations.

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