According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates offered 41st overall pick Nick Lodolo their entire remaining bonus pool to sign. Heyman reports that they offered $1.75M, which he turned down to attend TCU, as reported here a few days ago. The actual offer for Lodolo was likely slightly higher at $1,761,470, which is all they had left in their bonus pool before they would lose a draft pick.
The signing deadline for the 2016 draft is 5:00 PM tonight. As I broke down in this article, there are still 13 other unsigned picks, with at least five of them already saying they will return to school. The other eight are all covered at the bottom of that article.
The Pirates used their remaining $105,000 in bonus pool money to sign right...
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