Comments on: 2011 Draft Recap: Don’t Draft Me Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:09:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: zig machine Tue, 16 Aug 2011 13:43:00 +0000 totally money to see us nab Cole and Cool Papa Bell!  I am excited beyond a foot

By: Anonymous Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:59:00 +0000 salem:  well put, nice post

As for the minor league deals — as an organization, we’re going to be facing a potential 40-man crunch (w/ Rule 5 implications).  Not having another spot eaten up was a BIG deal to me, and when the likes of the Nats issued 2 ML contracts (Rendon + Purke), and Bauer/Hultzen/Bundy getting them as well…even better!

By: Anonymous Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:01:00 +0000 Lots and lots of good reading Tim. Excellent summary.

As mentioned by Louis, getting Cole in a minor league deal was excellent.

Congratulations to all who signed, even the early retiree. Must also give kudos to the F.O. for the bold draft and signing of Bell. And the owner deserves some props for freeing up this large amount of money.

Looking at the huge investments made by other teams in the 1st round and by the Cubs in the later rounds, the paydays for Cole and Bell weren’t unreasonable. (Bell got $1MM less than I originally read, which is even better).

Here’s hoping for huge success from all these guys.

If the offseason can bring improvement toward free agent spending, the Pirates should do so. That is an a continuing area of concern. When millions are wasted each year on those poor signings it’s a tell-tale sign of mismangement, either in scouting or by a GM who will overpay for inferior talent.

By: Anonymous Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:16:00 +0000 Tim:  as you stated, $8m is fine…but the MINOR league deal is amazing!  (Cole did end up getting the biggest bonus in history — just not the most money)

Here’s to thinking some sort of voodoo magic or deal with the devil was involved….esp when you see the Nationals throwing ML deals out to Rendon and Purke.