Originally created 08/25/04

Indians agree to terms with top-pick LHP Sowers



CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians and left-hander Jeremy Sowers, the sixth overall draft pick in June, agreed to contract terms Tuesday.

Sowers was 10-6 with a 3.08 ERA in 19 games for Vanderbilt last season, and struck out 119 and walked just 26 in 122 innings. He'll report to the Indians' instructional league on Sept. 17 and will likely start the season in Single-A Kinston next season, assistant general manager John Mirabelli said.

Sowers was expected to be in Cleveland in the next day or two. Terms were not disclosed.

The Indians had some difficultly signing Sowers, who reportedly turned down a $2.2 million offer from the club last month.

"I was disappointed from time to time, but they were not bad negotiations," Mirabelli said. "You always reach an impasse in these things and then work things out."

The Indians would've lost their rights to Sowers if he didn't sign and had returned to Vanderbilt for his senior year.

"They were asking for more than what the market was going to bear," Mirabelli said. "Looking at it from their perspective, you can ask for whatever you want. From our perspective, no means no."