Should the Pirates Go All In On International Signings This Year?

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement brought changes to the draft and the international markets, with the big changes being harsh penalties for teams who go over their allotted draft or international bonus pools. On the international market, if a team goes over their allocated pool, they would receive harsh penalties the following year, including a tax and the loss in the ability to sign expensive international free agents. Ben...

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Early Preview of the 2013 International Signing Class, Pirates Not In On Top Names

On Baseball America this afternoon, Ben Badler posted his list of Ten International Prospects To Watch. It is a subscribers only article, but don’t worry if you don’t subscribe, yet want to know who the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to among that group, he doesn’t mention them once. In most years, that has been the case with the Pirates. There have been a few exceptions recently, the two obvious ones are Miguel Sano...

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Pirates International Bonus Pool Drops For 2013-14 Signing Period

Major League Baseball released the bonus pool allotments for each team for the 2013-14 signing period, which runs from July 2,2013 until July 1, 2014. The teams with the worst record in the 2012 season, the Houston Astros, got the highest amount to spend under the new system. Last year the Pirates and every other team had a $2.9mil pool to spend on International players, with some leeway for slightly more to be spent without incurring...

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Pirates Sign Two Pitching Prospects From Mexico

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two young pitchers from Mexico, agreeing to contracts with Jherson Esqueda and Gerardo Navarro on Friday. According to the link (in Spanish) the pitchers belonged to the Veracruz Red Eagles of the Mexican Baseball League. Esqueda is an 18-year-old right-hander, who is an accomplished International pitcher. He was being watched closely by the Pirates since early last year. At the time, he was throwing...

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The Pirates Have a New International Player at Pirate City

I was over at Pirate City yesterday watching batting practice, when I noticed a left-handed hitter I had never seen before. The hitter was making strong contact, and crushing a few pitches. I had no way of identifying him, since he was wearing a red shirt, meaning he was injured. I also didn’t recognize him. During his last round, I heard someone call him “Chourio”. Adenson Chourio? He hasn’t been in the system...

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Pirates 2012 International Spending Recap

Ben Badler of Baseball America, released his recap of the Pirates 2012 International spending today. Like every other team in baseball, the Pirates had a $2.9 M cap for spending on International players. That cap didn’t go into place until July 2nd and it runs until June 15,2013. Any signings made earlier in the year did not count against it, plus there are a few allowances for spending just over the 2.9 M number. The top six...

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