The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signing Tracker
Jul05

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signing Tracker

Earlier this week the international signing period began, allowing teams to sign international prospects for the 2013-2014 signing period. The Pirates have already signed nine players, including two players with bonuses that total $675,000 combined. Throughout the signing period, we keep an international signing tracker. This is much like our draft pick signing tracker in that it keeps track of the signings and bonuses, and shows how...

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Pirates Sign Seven More International Players
Jul04

Pirates Sign Seven More International Players

After we heard about the two high profile signings from yesterday, shortstop Adrian Valerio and outfielder Edinson Lantigua, the Pirates also announced the signings of seven more players today. These players are all slightly older players, eligible to sign prior to this July 2nd signing period. They are shortstop Luis Perez, second baseman Raul Siri, lefty pitcher Christian Mota and right-handers Ramon Garcia, Junior Lopez, Julian...

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Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio
Jul04

Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Dominican shortstop Adrian Valerio on a $400,000 bonus. He is the second big International signing from today, with outfielder Edinson Lantigua being announced earlier. Valerio is a 16-year-old switch-hitter, who like Lantigua, played in the Dominican Prospect League. According to Ben Badler at Baseball America(subscription required), Valerio has smooth actions in the field and a good...

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Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Edinson Lantigua
Jul03

Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Edinson Lantigua

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Dominican outfielder Edinson Lantigua, signing the 16-year-old to a reported $275,000 bonus. According to the Dominican Prospect League site, Lantigua makes solid contact and is a line drive hitter, who shows occasional power. Defensively, he has a strong arm and they project him to be able to play center field. They call Lantigua a player with a very high ceiling. He is the first high...

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International Bonus Money Already Changing Hands
Jul02

International Bonus Money Already Changing Hands

One thing that is new this year on the international market is that teams can trade from their bonus pools. A team can trade for bonus pool money, giving them the ability to acquire up to 50% of their original bonus pool. For example, the Pirates have a bonus pool of $2,426,000. That means they can trade for up to $1,213,000 in additional pool money. What I didn’t know until today is that there are “international bonus...

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Pirates Linked to a Few International Players on The Eve of the Signing Period
Jul01

Pirates Linked to a Few International Players on The Eve of the Signing Period

The 2013-14 International Signing Period begins tomorrow, and the Pirates have about $2.43 M to spend on international players this year. Over the weekend we learned that the Pirates weren’t connected to any of the top 30 international prospects, which isn’t a big surprise since they tend to go with lesser known, cheaper options. That has been an avenue where they’ve had some success, with guys like Gregory Polanco...

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