The Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced three signings today, making fifth round pick Adrian Sampson, ninth round pick D.J. Crumlich, and 11th round pick Chris Diaz official. We already knew all three players had agreed to deals. Baseball America updates us with the bonus information.
Sampson received $250,000. That's a small savings versus his $252,100 slot price.
Crumlich received $5,000, which is a big savings compared to his $129,100 slot price.
Diaz received $100,000, which is the maximum that a player can receive outside of the top ten without counting against the bonus pool spending.
After the Sampson and Crumlich signings, the Pirates have $609,400 available to use in over-slot deals. They still have three players in the top ten rounds unsigned: fourth round pick Brandon Thomas, eighth round pick Kevin Ross, and of course first round pick Mark Appel....
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