Lance McCullers to sign with Houston Astros

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Sun. June 17, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

Lance McCullers to sign with Houston Astros

Lance McCullers is on the verge of signing with the Houston Astros and receiving a $2.5 million bonus.

The 41st overall pick is flying to Hoston Sunday to take a physical Monday morning. After passing that, he will officially forgo his scholarship to Florida and sign with the Astros.

The slotted bonus for the 41st pick is $1,258,700, but the Astros have the flexibility to offer McCullers more. Carlos Correa, a shortstop from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy who the Astros took as the No. 1 overall pick, signed for $4.8 million, a full $2.4 million less than the recommended slot ($7.4 million). Houston's total bonus pool for its 11 picks from the first 10 rounds is $11.2 million.

According to Baseball America, the Astros have spent $5.9 million of their pool so far and currently are $2,537,700 under their projected budget.

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