I just spoke with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and he said reports that the team has reached an agreement with Dominican Republic prospect Yirver Gilbert Lara are premature.

"You can't have a formal agreement at this time," said Melvin, who wouldn't say whether an informal understanding had been reached with Lara for the reported $3.2 million.

"That's news to me. We'll have guys go back down there in April and May (to further watch prospects). Players can't sign until July (2)."

As for the report that Lara already was en route to Arizona for a physical, Melvin said, "There's nothing to that."

There's a chance the Brewers are downplaying this to avoid another team from jumping in on Lara and reaching an agreement. His trainer recently told mlb.com that several teams were still involved.

Here is my original blog:

Andrew Rickli of SportsReel Boston followed an earlier report by Kiley McDaniel of Scouting Baseball that the Brewers have reached agreement with Dominican Republic third base prospect Yirver Gilbert Lara for a signing bonus of $3.2 million.

Lara, 16, reportedly is on his way to Arizona for a physical but the deal cannot be official until the international signing period begins on July 2. Accordingly, the Brewers will not be able to comment on the signing until then.

Assuming this deal goes through, it would by far be the most money the Brewers have spent on an international signee. Last year, they signed Dominican prospects Franly Mallen and Nicolas Pierre for $800,000 each.