Before we take a look at a couple players in this year's draft, there was some news earlier this week about the draft bonus pools around Major League Baseball. Back in late January, Baseball America released the bonus pool slot amounts that were sent out to agents. We have been going with those numbers since then, though at the time I pointed out that they were just proposed numbers and they could change.
In those original numbers, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a bonus pool total of $9,652,200 to spend on their top ten picks and any over-slot amounts after the tenth round. Baseball America received the official numbers from MLB on Wednesday and the Pirates now have a $10,135,900 bonus pool, which is the seventh highest in baseball.
The Pirates have shown a willingness to go up to 5% ove...
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