2010 International Signing Period Preview

Last year at this time all of the talk was about Miguel Angel Sano, the top prospect on the international market, who was believed at the time to almost be a lock to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a long summer filled with an age investigation, and a breakdown in communications between the Pirates and Sano’s agent, Rob Plummer, Sano ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins for about half a million more than what...

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Pirates 'heavy favorites' for Luis Heredia

Ben Badler of Baseball America has his latest July 2nd notebook up, in which he discusses top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  In the discussion, Badler mentions that the Yankees, Athletics, and Dodgers have shown an interest in Heredia, but that the Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays are the heavy favorites to land the 15-year old pitcher. Heredia’s bonus demands were originally figured to be around $2.2 M, although...

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Pirates sign Wilfredo Ledezma and international free agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left handed pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma to a minor league contract today.  Ledezma, who turns 29 in January, has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors, with a career 5.17 ERA, a 6.2 K/9 ratio, and a 4.4 BB/9 ratio.  Ledezma isn’t much of a LOOGY, with a career .292 BAA versus left handers in the majors, compared to a .274 BAA versus right handers. Ledezma had a 4.17 ERA in 58.1 innings...

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The Final Word on Sano

On Tuesday I wrote that the Pirates got a raw deal on Miguel Angel Sano. Since that time, two important articles have come out, revealing a lot on the negotiations. The first article was by Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kovacevic recaps the entire timeline on Sano, from the time the international signing period began and the Pirates were the top bidders, all the way to the point where Kovacevic broke the news to...

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Pirates got a raw deal with Sano

UPDATE 12:56 AM: Check out this post by DK on the PBC Blog. A great recap of the entire timeline of events, including some stuff we haven’t heard already. And for those of you who feel this will hurt the Pirates in Latin America, Jorge Arangure says this will help the Pirates, as trainers and agents now know the team is willing to spend. – Miguel Angel Sano, the top prospect in the international signing period, and prime...

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Why no interest in Miguel Angel Sano?

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, talks with top Dominican prospect Miguel Angel Sano have stalled, with the Pirates removing their offer from the table two weeks ago. What I find interesting is that, despite the hype on Sano, no other team has made an offer. The offer made by the Pirates, which is reportedly less than $3 M, is the only offer reported on paper. The offer was made the first day of the...

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