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August 12, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Locker baseball update

After seeing a story in the Orange County Register this morning that mentions that the Angels are still trying to sign Jake Locker — but would like him to play just one more year of football — I put in a call to Locker’s father, Scott, who is handling the negotiations to see what is up.
Scott Locker said nothing has changed in their stance that Jake Locker wants to finish out his football career at UW and continue to pursue a football career with baseball simply being an option down the road.
If Locker were to sign, it would give the Angels his rights for six years, so that if he did turn to baseball at some point during that time, he would have to play for them. The Angels would simply be paying Locker a little money to buy his rights should he decide to try baseball at some point in the next six years.
“He’s held true to everything he has ever told those guys,” Scott Locker said. “Football is always first and foremost and if something can get done so that they can have some down-the-road rights to him later, if that would work out, then that’s something he would entertain.”
Anything that would entail Locker having to give up football anytime soon is apparently a deal-breaker. The Register story says that the Angels typically don’t want their signees to play football but would be willing to make an exception for a year for Locker.
Scott Locker — who is handling the negotiations since if the family hired an agent it would end Jake Locker’s college eligibility — says it has never been communicated to them that the Angels might want Jake Locker to give up football before his college career ends at UW.
The Angels drafted Locker in the 10th round in June.
“It’s always been out there that he wanted to take care of his football business at the UW and (signing) would just be a futures thing,” Scott Locker said. “To my knowledge, they know everything has stayed the same on our end.”
Scott and Jake Locker met with some representatives of the Angels in Seattle in late June and at that time expressed the hope that something would get done quickly. Jake Locker has said many times he wanted something done by the time camp started last Monday. The deadline to sign is next Monday, Aug. 17.
“It’s just been a slow process,” Scott Locker said. “For what reason, I really can’t tell you. I don’t really have the answer for that, and I wish I did. From our standpoint, it’s been one of those things where we met with them early and everything seemed great and then there have just been some hangups. What those are, I don’t even know. I wish I did so they would make a little more sense to us, too.
“But it’s got to get done here in a hurry. With Jake being so tied up with football right now, if it’s going to get done I would think we would here something positive in the next day or so. So hopefully something will be coming here soon.”

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