Don't expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to land any big names in the international market once the 2014-15 signing period begins tomorrow. That's not to say that they won't land any big talents.
The approach the Pirates have had in Latin America in previous years has been very successful, especially when it comes to finding cheap talent. There's no greater evidence of this than with Gregory Polanco, who is currently in the majors and looks like a future star, but who was signed for $150,000 in 2009. In fact, Polanco wasn't even a July 2nd signing. The July 2nd date is usually significant for 16-year-old players who are eligible to sign for the first time. Polanco had been eligible to sign for over a year when he finally signed with the Pirates. And his deal came in April 2009, which isn't when you expect a lot of top talents to be signed.
Polanco isn't the only example of the Pirates finding talent for cheap prices. Starling Marte was signed under Dave Littlefield, but the Latin Amer...
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