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Astros GM, Appel's agent: No deal yet

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Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, in a text message to FOX 26 Sports, said "nothing has changed from (Friday)" when asked to comment on reports that pitcher Mark Appel has agreed to terms on a contract, with one report stating he has signed.

Appel, from Stanford, is the top overall pick in this month's MLB First-Year Player Draft.

In a text message on Friday Luhnow said: "Mark graduates this weekend. So the current plan is to engage him next week.

'I'm hopeful we can move quickly once we start (the) dialogue, but there is no time frame yet." reports Appel has agreed to terms with the Astros for "somewhere north of $6 million."

Golden Gate Sports reports Appel has already signed his contract.

Agent Scott Boras, who represents Appel, shot down both reports.

"Not Accurate," Boras said in an e-mail to FOX 26 Sports.

The Astros have already signed 17 of their 40 picks from this year's draft, including five of their top 10.

The club has yet to announce a deal with second-round pick Andrew Thurman, pitcher from UC-Irvine.

Thurman told FOX 26 Sports on Friday he reached a contract agreement with the team.

Thurman said he was flying to Houston on Sunday for a physical and will sign his deal on Monday, with a news conference to follow.


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