If there's one thing the new CBA got right, it's the process of signing draft picks. There are no more games, and no more delays. Teams can sign any player at any time for any amount of money, with no delays from MLB holding back over-slot deals, and no games by players and advisers waiting until the deadline.
The result is that the Pirates have 30 picks signed about two weeks after the MLB draft, including everyone in the top ten rounds, and all but one player in the top 22 rounds. The important thing here is that they have signed the guys in the top ten rounds, which puts their bonus pool in better focus.
The downside to the new CBA is that teams can't just spend whatever they want. They're limited to spending up to their bonus pool. They can exceed that by 5%, although they would ...
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