Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette is confident about the team's chances of signing first-round pick Kevin Gausman.
"We intend to sign him," Duquette told FOXSports.com in an interview Tuesday, hours before he planned to attend the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium.
Duquette said the sides have made "progress" recently, adding that he's "confident" Gausman will become an Oriole.
Gausman, the fourth overall selection, is the highest remaining unsigned pick.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Monday that Gausman was "seriously considering" a return to LSU. That strategy carries substantial risk, particularly with the more restrictive rules on draft spending under the new collective bargaining agreement. Gausman could lose money if he returns to LSU for his junior season.
The recommended signing bonus for Gausman's draft slot is $4.2 million.The Orioles already have made him an offer that is "close" to that, one source said.
After the Times-Picayune story ran on the paper's Website, LSU coach Paul Mainieri issued a statement saying "Kevin is still in negotiations with the Orioles, and any reports portraying his return to LSU as definite are premature. This is a monumental decision in Kevin's life, and as much as we want him back with us, we also want him to do what is in his best interest. The signing deadline is at 4 p.m. Friday, so we'll allow the process to play itself out until that time."
Orioles confident about Gausman
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