Could the Pirates Already Have a Deal With Jameson Taillon?

Today there were a few reports that MLB has been holding back over-slot deals, which isn’t really breaking news, as this is something we’ve been hearing for awhile now.  Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus started it off with the following tweet:

I wonder if MLB has just lost track of how many draft deals are already done but can’t be announced; they’re piling up.

Jim Callis of Baseball America had a lot of information as well.  His first tweet mentioned MLB clamping down on spending and on leaking deals:

That said, MLB not only is clamping down on spending but also leaking deals. A bunch of deals are done but not released yet. #mlbdraft

Later he had this to say:

Keep hearing that many deal that were supposed to become public midweek are being held. May be slow until Monday. But I’m trying! #mlbdraft

Now this could mean a lot of things, obviously.  This was before several signing announcements today, including Jared Lakind, who agreed with the Pirates for $400 K.  I didn’t really think much of these messages, as they were already telling us what we knew: MLB is delaying the signings to protect their ridiculous slotting system.  Then I saw this message from H5AB, the official Twitter account of Houston 5A Baseball, where Jameson Taillon played high school:

Word is that the #Pirates already have a deal in place for Jameson Taillon and are just waiting to announce it.

The H5AB account also had this teaser yesterday:

High profile H5AB draftees poised to sign pro contracts. before Monday deadline and the #Pirates could be the big winners..

It’s all speculation at this point, although the source here could be significant, as this is someone in Taillon’s area, who probably has access to people who would know whether Taillon has signed, or whether he will sign.  I wouldn’t take this as a fact that Taillon is locked up, but it’s certainly encouraging, especially for those of you who have been wondering whether the Pirates will be able to sign Taillon.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DS5DVABNJZA6NVQPLQCSXP4Q6M Scott S

    MLB really needs to revisit the whole draft signing process. In addition to the needlessly late signing date, the MLB overslot approval process needs to be revised as it is creating another obstacle in the negotiation process.

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