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First Pitch: A Quick Review of Where the Pirates Stand With Draft Signings

First Pitch: A Quick Review of Where the Pirates Stand With Draft Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a busy week signing draft picks. So far, they have agreed to deals with 21 players, officially announcing the signing of most of those players. The agreements include three of their first four picks, with all three prep players receiving seven figures. There are still players left to be signed, and still about a month to make that happen. At the rate the Pirates are currently signing players, they might only need another week. Here is a quick rundown of where they stand.

Top 10 Round Players Remaining Unsigned: Connor Joe (Comp A), Jordan Luplow (3), Nelson Jorge (7), Kevin Krause (9)

I'd expect all four to eventually sign. However, the Pirates will need to create some slot money, because...

Money Available For Over-Slot Deals: ($140,300)

The Pirates are currently over-slot. If all of the remaining players sign for slot, they will have exceeded their bonus pool. That's not an issue, since it would only result in a $70,150 tax at the moment, a...

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