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Astros first-round pick George Springer meets with Long Island Ducks

Jul 25, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

George Springer - UConn AP

The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer earlier today, but it doesn’t sound like the Astros are close to an agreement with their first-round pick.

Confirming a story passed along by Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors earlier this afternoon, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that George Springer did indeed meet with the general manager of the independent league Long Island Ducks on Saturday.

Springer’s father, George Springer Jr., attended the meeting and said that they merely met with the Ducks in case an agreement couldn’t be reached with the Astros prior to the August 15 deadline.

“Obviously, whatever discussions are going on with the Astros are going to be kept between us and the Astros, and hopefully we can reach some agreement,” Springer Jr. said. “We have to prepare for all contingencies if that doesn’t happen. I don’t want anybody to read into it more than that.”

Springer, a 21-year-old outfielder, was selected No. 11 overall out of the University of Connecticut in June’s First-Year Player Draft. While talks with the Ducks could very well be a bluff, Springer’s father said that returning to college isn’t a likely option. If the two sides are unable to reach an agreement before the deadline, Springer would re-enter the draft in 2012 and the Astros would receive compensation in the form of a draft pick.

  1. hammerlights - Jul 26, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Where is the option to browse news by team like at PFT. Seriously? No tags? Do you NOT want people to come back?

    You do realize people watch sports to follow their favorite TEAM don’t you? I don’t give two flucks about who the Astros drafted, I want to read about how much worse my Orioles are going to get.

    Stick-n-Ball stories on the webernets is SERIOUSBUSINESS. I for one am appalled.

    • nixonotis - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:06 AM

      Oh, I’m sorry, you must not be aware that BASEBALL fans want to read BASEBALL news, regardless of their particular rooting interests. If you think that I only want to read news pertaining to my team, you’re lost. There are plenty of blogs focusing on each individual teams, HBT aims to be something different.

    • paperlions - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:38 AM

      Yeah, I hate when free content isn’t structured the way I want it to be structured.

      Too hard for you to just use the search function in the corner, Sparky?

      You know what else you won’t find here that you’ll find at PFT? A comments section full of trolls and ignorant, loud mouthed comments. This is a place to discuss baseball, not a place to bitch about everything.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:05 AM

      But not only baseball….sometimes the topics delve into other aspects of life. This guy above needs to stop complaining about the structure though. I say, if you don’t like it start your own blog.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    Quack. Sorry, had to be done.

  3. mojosmagic - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Do the Astros new owners have money issues? You would think the new owners would be able to sign their number 1 pick. They should also move Pence for young prospects and free up some money. The Strobes are at least 3 years away from competing and should conduct business accordingly.

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