Comments on: Are the Pirates Moving on From Kubitza and Weiss? Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:38:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tim Williams Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:22:00 +0000 As a rough estimate, the Pirates had 10 players last year who signed in the later rounds with unannounced bonuses. The amount of the announced bonuses was $8,606,900, which means those ten players received a total of $312,100.

So I’d say an average of $30,000-35,000 should be used for the 17 players who don’t have reported bonuses this year. That increases the total spending about $500-600 K.

By: jonathan Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:59:00 +0000 very low draft selections aren’t guaranteed to get anything but a plane ticket and a locker… i think your assumption of what they got is a bit high which would pull that budget back down to normal… also don’t expect money from last year’s budgets to be added to this years, businesses just don’t do that, Nutting could have allowed for more money but it would have nothing to do with last year’s budget ( and in reality spending under the allotted amount would lead to having a smaller budget next year in most cases… just forecast wise )

By: Anonymous Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:00:00 +0000 I was reading this and it got me to thinking about exactly how much the Pirates have to throw around cash wise. From what I’ve calculated on the Pirates Draft Signing Tracker page, there is a total of $1,651,900 that has been announced. There has also been reports of Drew Maggi signing, as noted on Pirates Prospects. From what one source has indicated, Maggi will receive a bonus slightly above $435,000. This brings the Pirates total up to about $2,086,900. This total does not take into account the 17 late round draft selections who do not have reported bonuses available to the public. The estimated slot for after the fifth round is $150,000 from what I understand. So, if you take $150,000 and multiply that by 17, you come up with $2,550,000. Add that number to the existing reported $2,086,900, and you come up with $4,636,900 that the Pirates have spent so far in draft bonuses.

Last year, the Pirates had a draft budget reported to be $10,000,000. They spent about $8,919,000 in last years draft. That means that they had about $1,081,000 that they didn’t spend. Assuming that Bob Nutting is allowing for another $10,000,000 draft budget this year, we can add that $1,081,000 to the 10 million and come up with a flexible number of $11,081,000 for this years draft. Some people say it will cost in the ballpark of $8,000,000 to sign both Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie. If you add that $8,000,000 to the existing estimated $4,636,900 spent so far in this years draft, you come up with $12,636,900. That is about $1.5 million over the budget.

Here’s to hoping Nutting spends a little more for quality talent. Not just for Taillon and Allie, but also for 15 year old Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.

I really am actually starting to believe in our front office. Get it done NH.