Starling watch likely will go down to wire

The Kansas City Royals have until 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday to sign No. 1 draft pick Bubba Starling, the Nebraska quarterback who is sitting out preseason practice until his sporting situation is resolved.

A resolution likely won't come until late Monday night.

From MLB.com:

Royals general manager Dayton Moore expects the negotiations with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft to go right up to the deadline.

"There's nothing -- there won't be anything until the final hour of August 15," Moore said in a phone interview Thursday.

This isn't a surprise, as big-money negotiations often go down to the wire.

MLB.com's Adam Holt points out that the Royals' first-round picks in 2007 and 2008, Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer, didn't sign until minutes before the deadline. Both men are clients of agent Scott Boras, who is serving as Starling's adviser.

It'll be an interesting Monday in Husker Country. While I'd be pretty surprised if Starling turns down the big bucks in baseball, anything can happen.