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IPI Inbox: Indians Should Sign Their Top Picks

August 11, 2010
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It's time to clear out the inbox again with some answers to some questions surrounding the Cleveland Indians big league team and farm system.  As a reminder, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the Indians.

Onto the Inbox...

Anthony S. wrote: Do you think the Tribe will not be as aggressive to sign Drew Pomeranz? We get the same slot next year and depending on who you ask next years draft is supposed to be much deeper.

I believe that at 11:59 p.m. EST on August 16th that Pomeranz will be signed and officially be an Indian. I understand that there is some anxiety and uncertainty because he is still unsigned and we are five days away from the signing deadline, but note that over half of the first round picks and almost all of the Top 15 are still unsigned.

From what I understand Pomeranz would like to sign and the feeling is mutual with the Indians in wanting to sign him, but what we are seeing right now is this ridiculous charade the whole signing process has become with a high majority of first round picks waiting it out until the deadline day. Also, a lot of overslot signings in all rounds are now being officially announced by teams, signings that would have been frowned upon by MLB if done shortly after the draft or even a month ago. This is why so many guys in the first five rounds have yet to be signed by a lot of teams, the most ever from what I have heard, and by far. Expect many move overslot announcements in the coming days for non-first rounders.

As for the thought of not signing Pomeranz and just taking the compensation pick next year and using it on a player in a supposedly deeper draft? First off, Pomeranz is projected as a Top 10 guy in next year

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