Pirates Will Bid on Jorge Soler, Bids Due by Thursday

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be bidders on Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. However, Biertempfel adds that the Pirates won’t budge over their pre-set value, and won’t spend Yoenis Cespedes money. Cespedes signed a four year, $36 M deal with the Oakland Athletics over the off-season. Soler has drawn comparisons to Cespedes, with some saying his upside could be higher. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Dominican Summer League Preview

The 2012 Dominican Summer League rosters have been released as the teams kick off their 72 game season this weekend. This year the Pirates will have two affiliates in the league for the first time, as they decided to end their association with the Venezuelan Summer League after last season. New players will likely join this team as the season goes on and because the two teams are playing at the same complex, we will likely see players...

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No International Draft for 2013, But 2014 Looks Promising

There will be no international draft for 2013, but the goal is to have all the pieces in place for 2014.

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Pirates Linked to International Third Baseman

Ben Badler of Baseball America has released scouting reports for nine players to remember for the upcoming international signing period, as well as ten more players to watch. In the “ten more” group, Badler notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to third baseman Julio de la Cruz, who comes out of the Dominican Prospect League. The Pirates have signed a few players from the DPL in recent years. Last year they signed...

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Pirates Rumored to Be One of Eight Interested in Taiwanese Infielder

According to Taiwan Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of eight major league teams who have shown serious interest in Taiwanese infielder Tzu-Wei Lin. The site mentions that Lin should receive a seven figure bonus, which would be the highest signing bonus for an amateur non-pitcher out of Taiwan. Other teams that are reportedly interested are the Rangers, Yankees, Indians, Red Sox, Twins, Athletics, and Padres. The Softbank...

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Potential Loopholes to the International Signing Period

Baseball America discusses how teams may potentially circumvent the international spending cap starting this July 2nd.

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