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The Pirates Have Some Upcoming Decisions to Make Regarding Their International Bonus Pool Money

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The Pirates Have Some Upcoming Decisions to Make Regarding Their International Bonus Pool Money
John Dreker

Earlier this month, we gave an update on the amount of money the Pittsburgh Pirates had remaining in their 2017-18 international bonus pool and what that could mean for them. That total came about due to Japanese superstar Shohei Otani entering the international free agent market and the Pirates having one of the highest bonus pools remaining. There is another reason to look at that bonus pool now after the Atlanta Braves had to give up 12 of their recent international signings.

I'll start with Otani because he is the bigger prize, but I still don't think the Pirates have a shot at signing him. My bet would be on him going to an AL team so he can continue to be a two-way player, serving as the DH when he isn't starting. He is going to make a lot of money in the future, so it's highly un...

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John Dreker

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.

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