Pirates Sign Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first overall pick Gerrit Cole, and second round pick Josh Bell, according to Jon Heyman (Cole, Bell).

Cole will get $8 M, and it’s a minor league deal, per Dejan Kovacevic.  The bonus is the highest in draft history, topping the $7.5 M bonus that Stephen Strasburg received.  It’s also a record for the Pirates.

Josh Bell gets $5 M.  That’s the fourth biggest bonus given out by the Pirates, behind Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Pedro Alvarez.

The two bonuses bring the Pirates’ total spending to just under $16.5 M, which is a draft record.  That doesn’t include unannounced bonuses, which will bring the total to over $17 M.

The Pirates have officially announced each move.  The draft pick signing tracker is updated with the moves.

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  • http://twitter.com/bucco_resist Ian Rothermund

    Not too shabby of a draft.  Maybe this just bought N.H. another year of fans’ animosity.

    • Anonymous

      Not to mention the eye-rolling and head-shaking of the pundits and the denizens of the P-G Asylum who will moan “Same old cheap Pirates” when the club doesn’t go all-in on some free agent.

      • http://twitter.com/bucco_resist Ian Rothermund

        haha, exactly, just because they won’t pay 40-50% over market value for maybe, possibly one free agent, that could only pose a relative improvement of 5-10 games, when they’d need to win 20 to make the playoffs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAH4DKCURJYHBMKZIAASB6DP44 VincentR

    What a great day for the Pirates. The Bell signing shows once again this team is serious.

  • F Lang

    I think the system is finally rebuilt!

  • Anonymous

    Unbelievable. Just… unbelievable.

  • Evan Gross

    any update on watts

    • http://twitter.com/Jcsteel Jimmy Cali

      watts didn’t sign

  • Anonymous

    While very happy they signed both Cole and Bell, 5M for a mid-1st round talent (Bell) is a lot of money. Lots of upside though, I’m looking forward to seeing him progress over the next few years.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DZTPQRGTPEAWJ3G4S5PLNIQ6AY Jacob J

    Woop Woop!
    What a coup!
    Great news to wake up to today.

  • Anonymous

    WOW. just WOW – never thought we would get Bell.  The Bucs are now a Big League Organization.

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