Howard, Peters pitching together in Connie Mack World Series
|Dillon Peters (Photo: Daily Times)|
With both pitching it shows that the Indians do not have any kind of verbal agreement with either pitcher. There are a lot of "unannounced" signings around baseball as teams await MLB to approve signings. Most of these unannounced deals are well overslot so teams have verbal agreements with the players on a contract until it is officially announced by the commissioner's office. Players who have verbal agreements typically are shut down and do not pitch in any summer ball, so with that in mind it looks like both Howard and Peters are going through the negotiation process. The signing deadline is a week from today, and in the end Howard is expected to sign though Peters is iffy.
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