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Draft Notebook: Down the Stretch They Come

Will Porcello sign?

We are officially down to crunch time, as the signing deadline looms just six days away. The Tigers presently have 20 players, including four top 10 picks that remain unsigned. With a week to go, this is how I see the signing period unfolding.

1. Rick Porcello, RHP, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.): The Tigers were given a gift on draft day when the best prep pitcher in the country fell to the 27th pick. Although news on negotiations has been incredibly quiet on both sides, I fully expect this deal to get done. Bud Selig can talk all he wants to teams signing players for slot money, but as the trade deadline showed, the Tigers don't have many...

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