Two years ago Dejan Kovacevic took a look at the top international prospects in the Pirates' system at the time, featuring Starling Marte. In the article, he noted that Marte was signed in 2006 out of the Dominican Republic. Two years ago, I was putting together the initial database needed to start this site, which included transaction dates and Rule 5/Minor League Free Agent years. This was before the PBC Blog came around, and before fans in Pittsburgh started taking a big interest in international signings, so figuring out transaction dates was difficult. I went with the 2006 year for Marte.
The result would have been that Marte would have become Rule 5 eligible this off-season. Today, Jennifer Langosch took a great look at the Rul...
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