Royals close to agreement for draft pick Manaea

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals are close to a $3.55 million agreement with Indiana State left-hander Sean Manaea, whom they chose with the first pick in the competitive balance portion for the draft.

The Royals have scheduled a news conference for Friday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium that will include Manaea, Royals general manager Dayton Moore and Manaea’s adviser, Scott Boras.

Baseball America first reported that a deal was imminent.

Manaea was considered a first-round talent but slipped to the Royals at No. 34 overall in part due to a hip injury that will require surgery. Royals team physician Dr. Vincent Key said earlier this month that Manaea should be ready by the time spring training comes around.

Manaea was 5-4 with a 1.47 ERA for the Sycamores this past season.