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.