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MLB draft is tonight, and the Indians go fifth
Signing bonuses can total up to nearly $6.2 million for Cleveland's first nine picks

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

Baseball’s amateur draft begins tonight, and the Indians have the No. 5 pick.

Under a formula adopted by Major League Baseball last year, the Indians can spend up to nearly $6.2 million to sign their first nine picks.  

The Indians have not had the strongest reputation when it comes to drafts over the years, but had two ballyhooed first-round picks in 2010 and 2011.

The 2011 pick, Francisco Lindor, is now rated as one of the top prospects in baseball by both and Baseball America.  His counterpart in 2010, Drew Pomeranz was traded to the Rockies.


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