The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed second round pick Travis McGregor to a $900,000 bonus, which is $48,900 below the slot value. They have now saved $344,100 on signing bonuses from players in the top ten round. Along with the 5% teams are allowed to go over-slot without incurring severe penalties, the Pirates can now spend an extra $684,425 on over-slot deals (updated below). The Pirates have yet to sign 41st overall pick Nick Lodolo, third round pick Stephen Alemais, and fourth round pick Braeden Ogle. Those are the last three picks from the top ten rounds who are still unsigned. Ogle and Lodolo could received over-slot deals, while 11th round pick Max Kranick would be the top target for an over-slot deal after the tenth round.
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.