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Posted: Wednesday June 11, 2008 5:05PM; Updated: Wednesday June 11, 2008 5:05PM

Mets come to terms with first-round pick Havens

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  • The Mets will pay Havens a $1.4 million signing bonus
  • Havens starred at shorstop for the Univesrity of South Carolina
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By Jon Heyman, SI.com

The Mets have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice Reese Havens, a shortstop from the University of South Carolina, SI.com has learned. The Mets will pay Havens, the 22nd overall pick in last week's amateur draft, a signing bonus of about $1.4 million.

Havens only has to compete a physical for the deal to be finalized.

No first-round signings have been announced yet.

The Mets also are close to signing their third pick, pitcher Brad Holt, from UNC-Wilmington, the 33rd overall pick, and are said to be making progress with their fourth pick, outfielder Javier Rodriguez from Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

Negotiations haven't yet begun with the Mets' first pick, first baseman Ike Davis from Arizona State University, whose team has been playing in the college playoffs. Davis was the 18th pick overall.

Havens hit .359 for South Carolina. He is considered a possible catcher down the road. The $1.4 million is roughly "slot'' money for the 22nd pick.

 
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