Playing Favorites

About a month ago, trade rumors emerged that indicated the New York Yankees were the favorites to land Cliff Lee, with the return to Seattle centering around top catching prospect Jesus Montero.  The rumors got to the point where it sounded like a done deal, which made the trade to Texas, for Justin Smoak, a very surprising move. So what happened?  The Yankees were the favorites, and everyone thought it was a lock that they would end...

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Luis Heredia Updates

Aside from the upcoming MLB Draft Signing deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates have another big goal to focus on, and that’s the bidding for top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  Heredia turns 16 on Monday, August 16th, which is also the deadline for teams to sign their draft picks.  Teams won’t be able to sign Heredia until the 16th, however, Dejan Kovacevic reported today that teams won’t be able to formally bid...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signings

I will be keeping track of all of the 2010 international signings made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, with bonus information when available. Below are the players the Pirates have signed. To read about these players, check out the signings news: Signings News: -Pirates sign Willy Garcia (2/18/2010) -Pirates sign Wilson Lee, Isaac Sanchez, and Miguel DeAza (5/10/2010) -Pirates sign Angel Sanchez, Brayan Almonte, Jose Acosta, Jose Roman,...

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Pirates sign six international prospects

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed six international prospects out of the Dominican Republic, pending age and identity investigations.  Those prospects are RHP Yunior Montero, LHP Cristian Hernandez, OF Miguel DeAza, SS Rodney Polonia, OF Yunior Valdez, and LHP Melvin Rosario. DeAza was reported as signed back in May with a $150,000 bonus out of the Dominican Prospects League.  Kovacevic reports...

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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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