• International Bonus Money Already Changing Hands

    One thing that is new this year on the international market is that teams can trade from...

  • 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...

  • Pirates Aren’t Linked to Any of the Top International Prospects

    Tuesday is July 2nd, which means it is the start of the 2013-14 international signing period. To...

  • MLB Won’t Have an International Draft in 2014

    According to Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball won't implement an international draft in 2014. https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/340486650209644544 The new CBA restricted the spending in the international markets, and had all of the framework for a draft. The key difference is that teams at the bottom of the standings, with low bonus pools, can currently...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Pirates Have a New International Player at Pirate City

    Bealyn Chourio 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....

  • 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...

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