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Brewers expect quick contract for draft choice Eric Arnett

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It looks like the Milwaukee Brewers will sign their first-round draft choice fairly quickly.

Indiana University right-hander Eric Arnett says he's eager to get his pro career started, and his agent Joe Speed does not expect a long negotiation.

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Brewers' scouting director Bruce Seid says the team has a good working relationship with the agent and he believes they'll come together soon.

Speed says the only thing he wants is a fair deal and if he gets it, he'll be happy to see Arnett sign early.

He was the 26th overall pick in Tuesday's first round. Based on past experience and the economy,

Arnett could get a signing bonus of $1.2 to $1.3 million. Because he threw 109 innings this spring,

Seid says the Brewers will be cautious with Arnett this summer. He's expected to go Milwaukee's rookie team in Helena, Mont., where his innings will be monitored closely.

Meanwhile, the Brewers drafted 27 more players yesterday. Almost half their selections so far have been pitchers and more than two-thirds are college players.

Also Wednesday, Tampa Bay drafted Whitefish Bay High School first baseman Kevin James in the ninth round.

And Kettle Moraine graduate Scott Matyas, a pitcher at the University of Minnesota, was taken by the New York Yankees in the 29th round.

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