The LA Angels have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday to sign Cook High third baseman Kaleb Cowart.
It will likely go down to the final hours — or even minutes — with Cowart, who was drafted No. 18 overall by the Angles and was reportedly seeking a $3 million signing bonus to bypass his baseball scholarship to beloved Florida State.
It appears both sides are getting closer on the final day. Cowart is “believed to be seeking a bonus in excess of $2 million, with the Angels offering at least $1.5 million,” according to MLB.com. Angels scouting director Eddie Bane also told the website that the club “was fairly close” to reaching an agreement.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Cowart was one of five Georgia high schoolers selected in the first round of the June major-league draft, along with Woodward IF-OF Delino DeShields (No. 8 to Astros), Blessed Trinity CF Jake Skole (No. 15 to Rangers), East Coweta P Cam Bedrosian (No. 29 to Angels), and Marietta CF Chevez Clarke (No. 30 to Angels).
Cowart is the only one of the five first-rounders who has yet to sign.
Cowart has said repeatedly that it was his childhood dream to play baseball at Florida State, located 75 miles away from his Georgia hometown of Adel.
If the Angels fail to sign Cowart, they will be awarded a pick in next year’s supplemental round of the draft.
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