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Mark Appel's agent, Scott Boras, in town with plans to do deal with Astros

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Scott Boras, the agent for pitcher Mark Appel, arrived at Bush Intercontinental Aiport late Tuesday afternoon and told FOX 26 Sports and MLB.com he is in Houston because the two sides are moving toward an agreement.

The Astros made Appel the first-overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft earlier this month.

"We're certainly close enough for me to come here and talk, that's for sure," Boras said. "I don't want to put a timetable on things.

"Obviously, we're in a position where we think we can hopefully work something out. I'm here because I think obviously there's enough fruit on the tree to think you're going to get something done."

There have been multiple reports that the two sides have already reached an agreement.

Luhnow has denied those reports and so has Boras and he did so again.

"We have not reached any agreement yet," Boras said.

To that end Boras said he will meet with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow Tuesday night.

"Jeff and I are going to talk about things and we'll see," Boras said. " For each individual athlete that we represent we listen to family, we listen to player and we also know what the team's position is on things.

"Always in these processes you hope you're in a similar process for each other and I think from the start we were. Always you're going to have some differences, but certainly I think we we're both philosophically inclined to work together to get something done."

Appel is from Houston and he and his family are thrilled they were drafted by the Astros.

He was taken with the eighth-overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates last year.

However, the two sides were not able to work out a deal and Appel went back to Stanford for his senior season.

"I don't think there's any question from the start that if Houston was an option he wanted to pursue it," Boras said. "I don't think there's any doubt about that.

"Being able to have his family near him, raised an Astros fan. Mark Appel got to go to a great college. His work ethic, his perseverance and his confidence in himself, it says a lot about his character that he takes the path that he takes, and when you're able to get better and go through the process that he went through in the last year, it says a lot about why Houston took him and a lot about why he chose Houston."

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