CLEVELAND -- Drew Pomeranz, the Ole Miss left-hander the Indians selected with the fifth overall pick in this month's First-Year Player Draft, was in town on Tuesday. Not to sign what should be a lucrative contract, but to take the physical that precedes that anticipated event.
It is Cleveland's policy to have the physical examination in place before negotiations begin, so Tuesday's visit was considered a routine procedure, not a sign that a contract agreement is imminent. The negotiations could last well into the summer. The Indians have until Aug. 16 to sign Pomeranz. Last year's No. 1 pick, Alex White, agreed to terms mere minutes before the deadline.
Only one top 10 pick has signed thus far. The Royals and the No. 4 overall pick, shortstop Christian Colon, agreed to a signing bonus worth a reported $2.75 million.
Pomeranz went 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 16 starts for Ole Miss this season. He struck out 139 and walked 49 in 100 2/3 innings of work, holding the opposition to a .195 average against. He led the SEC in ERA, strikeouts and opponents' batting average.
The Indians have signed 13 of their 50 Draft picks.