The Pittsburgh Pirates selected pitcher Nick Lodolo with the 41st overall pick in the draft this year. He was considered a tough sign, but the team has been negotiating with him. Lodolo set a high bonus demand before the draft and said that he was planning on attending TCU, but he never took his name out of the draft, which left a door open for him possibly signing. According to Lodolo on Twitter this morning, he will be headed to school.
The Pirates will receive the 42nd overall pick next year, which also means a bigger bonus pool next year unless they fail to receive an extra competitive balance lottery pick, which happened in 2015. I wouldn't say it's 100% official he won't sign since the deadline is Friday, but it certainly appears that way.
The Pirates lose his slot bonus amount...
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