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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The Viability of an International Draft

Is a truly blended worldwide draft in the near future for Major League Baseball?

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Pirates Sign Five Players From Colombia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed four players out of Colombia, according to El Universal (link in Spanish). Pirates Prospects has learned a bit more about the signings, including the addition of a fifth player.¬†Gustavo Barrios Goez, Fredy Padilla Jr., Jesus Mena, Angelo del Castillo, and Tito Polo were all signed by Orlando Covo and Daniel Espitia, with all five players expected to report to the Pirates’ Dominican facility...

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Pirates 2011 International Spending Review

Baseball America has released the 2011 international spending information, noting the top overall spenders, and the top 30 individual bonuses. The Pirates finished sixth overall in 2011, spending $4.09 M. They were fourth overall in 2010 after the signing of Luis Heredia drove them to $5 M. Two of the top 30 bonuses were signed by Pittsburgh. Harold Ramirez signed for $1.05 M, ranking as the 15th biggest individual bonus in 2011....

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International Hitting Prospects Starting to Emerge

I was watching batting practice at Pirate City towards the end of the day the other day. I was talking with one of the coaches, whose name I’ll leave out of this article. He asked me who I wrote for, and my response to that question always leads to one of two responses. I either get “Oh, that’s you” or “So you cover the minor league guys?” followed by a few questions on my opinions. This instance...

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