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Astros | Mark Appel signing not necessarily imminent

Houston Astros P Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 First Year Player Draft, hasn't been engaged in serious negotiations yet. General manager Jeff Luhnow said his plan is to engage Appel next week. Luhnow is hopeful that the two sides can move quickly once they begin dialogue, but he has no timeframe to complete negotiations.

Fantasy Tip: This would seem to contradict an earlier Jeff Passan report somewhat. Appel wound up not signing with the club that drafted him last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates, because of signability issues -- a reason that he slipped to No. 8 overall in 2012. It's not expected to be as big of an issue this time around, but one never knows, especially when Scott Boras is involved. Complications would delay the start of his pro career, and a long delay is never beneficial. They should reach agreement eventually, however.

2013-06-14 11:35:46 | Source: MLB.com - Brian McTaggart

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