International Bonus Money Already Changing Hands
Jul02

International Bonus Money Already Changing Hands

One thing that is new this year on the international market is that teams can trade from their bonus pools. A team can trade for bonus pool money, giving them the ability to acquire up to 50% of their original bonus pool. For example, the Pirates have a bonus pool of $2,426,000. That means they can trade for up to $1,213,000 in additional pool money. What I didn’t know until today is that there are “international bonus...

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Pirates Linked to a Few International Players on The Eve of the Signing Period
Jul01

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 international players this year. Over the weekend we learned that the Pirates weren’t connected to any of the top 30 international prospects, which isn’t a big surprise since they tend to go with lesser known, cheaper options. That has been an avenue where they’ve had some success, with guys like Gregory Polanco...

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Pirates Aren’t Linked to Any of the Top International Prospects
Jun28

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 get you prepared, Ben Badler of Baseball America has released his top 30 prospects, along with scouting reports for subscribers. The scouting reports include input on where each player could end up. The Pirates aren’t linked to any player in the top 30. When Badler released his top 10 prospects earlier in the year, the Pirates...

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MLB Won’t Have an International Draft in 2014

According to Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball won’t implement an international draft in 2014. Sources: Major League Baseball will not implement an international draft for the 2014 season. Story coming on Yahoo! Sports. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 31, 2013 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...

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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 year, including a tax and the loss in the ability to sign expensive international free agents. Ben...

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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 has been the case with the Pirates. There have been a few exceptions recently, the two obvious ones are Miguel Sano...

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