Baseball: UCI's Thurman set to cash in

Former UC Irvine pitcher Andrew Thurman, taken in the second round of last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft by the Houston Astos, told on Friday that he agreed to terms and plans to sign a contract with the organization on Monday.

Thurman, the No. 40 overall selection, is scheduled to fly to Houston on Sunday to take a physical. He could sign Monday, then report to the Astros' short-season single-A affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats.

The slot bonus for the 40th overall selection is nearly $1.4 million.

— Barry Faulkner

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