Locker could be in minor league camp

Updated: August 17, 2009, 11:12 PM ET
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

Washington quarterback Jake Locker, the Los Angeles Angels' 10th-round draft pick, may be a two-sport athlete next spring, according to the Orange County Register.

Locker's recently signed contract includes "parameters" for him to participate in the team's minor league camp next spring and play in the minor league system, the Register reported, quoting Angels GM Tony Reagins.

"He'll be in our system at some point," Reagins told the newspaper. "The parameters are outlined in the contract. We'll work with him to make sure he gets the most out of baseball while realizing the commitment he has to continue playing football."

Locker has repeatedly said that football is his first priority and that baseball is a backup plan. Because he signed a professional contract, Locker was required to give up his football scholarship but the Angels will pay his tuition.

The Angels own Locker's baseball rights for six years. If Locker's football career should stall, playing for the Angels would be an option.

Ted Miller covers the Pac-10 for ESPN.com and can be reached at tedmillerespn@gmail.com.

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