Pirates Spent $2.58 M in International Bonuses in 2013
Feb04

Pirates Spent $2.58 M in International Bonuses in 2013

Baseball America has released the 2013 International bonus estimates for each Major League team. The Pittsburgh Pirates ended up spending an estimated $2.58 M, which ranked 20th in the majors. Originally I wrote that this number had exceeded their $2.426 M bonus pool in 2013-14. However, the bonuses were just for the 2013 season, and included bonuses for the 2012-13 signing period. It appears the figures went along with Ben...

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Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players
Dec06

Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball came to a new agreement this week on the posting fee for Japanese free agents. Previously, NPB teams would post players for free agency, and the highest bidding MLB team would have exclusive negotiating rights for that player. This led to a lot of high bids, with players like Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka commanding $50 M just for teams to negotiate with the players. That money...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three Players From Mexico
Oct17

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three Players From Mexico

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Eumir Sepúlveda and 18-year-old right-hander Carlos Bustamante, both out of Mexico. They will report to the Pirates facility in the Dominican and begin their pro career in the Dominican Summer League next year. Sepulveda took a leap forward in the last year, adding eight MPH to his fastball. He is a highly accomplished amateur pitch, who was also scouted by the Boston...

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Pirates Named as a Team That Could Sign Jose Abreu
Sep30

Pirates Named as a Team That Could Sign Jose Abreu

Ben Badler of Baseball America released a list of five teams who could be candidates to sign top Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu this off-season. Abreu was recently rumored to be declared a free agent, making him eligible to sign with any team. One of the five teams mentioned was Pittsburgh. Badler made a lot of the same points I’ve been making with Abreu. The Pirates don’t have a lot of needs this off-season, but one need...

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Cuban First Baseman Jose Abreu Declared a Free Agent
Sep29

Cuban First Baseman Jose Abreu Declared a Free Agent

Yesterday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported via a source that Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has been declared a free agent. Source: #Cuba prospect Jose Abreu declared a free agent & cleared to sign with a team. Giants among clubs taking a long look at the slugger. — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) September 28, 2013 Abreu is a power hitting first baseman, and will be an interesting target this off-season for a lot of...

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Pirates Sign Colombian Pitcher Luis Escobar
Aug14

Pirates Sign Colombian Pitcher Luis Escobar

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 17-year-old, right-handed pitcher Luis Escobar out of Colombia. He stands 6′ 0″, 175 pounds and was born on May 30, 1996. Escobar has been on their radar for a while now and recently showed strong improvements in his fastball velocity, leading the team to sign him. Due to his age, he was eligible to sign since last July 2nd, but the recent strong progress he has shown, makes him one of the...

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