Pirates Notebook: The future of the site

You’ve probably noticed a few additions to the site recently, mostly involving advertising. When I first started the blog I was seeing about 100-150 page views a day, and I was ecstatic when I had a streak of days over 200 page views. A lot of events over the past few months have caused traffic to jump, and a lot of the new visitors to the site have stuck around, which led to over 50,000 page views last month. I have a feeling...

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Pirates sign Zack Dodson

UPDATE 9:21 PM: Baseball America reports that Cain signed for $1.125 M, while Dodson signed for $600 K. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the new totals. The Pirates have spent $6,786,900, about $3 M less than what they spent last year. – According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed their fourth round pick, Zack Dodson. We learned earlier that the Pirates had come to an agreement with Colton...

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Pirates to sign Colton Cain

UPDATE 6:24 PM: Jennifer Langosch is reporting that a source close to the negotiations says Cain signed for $1.15 M. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the new bonus figures, putting the Pirates at just over $6.2 M spent so far.UPDATE 1:44 PM Friday: Jonathan Mayo is reporting that Cain is set to receive a seven figure signing bonus. That’s pretty impressive. I broke down the 2008 draft spending last month, showing...

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Pirates Notebook: Another reason why I hate Bud Selig

The Atlanta Braves and seventh overall pick Mike Minor have agreed to terms on a $2.42 M contract, with Minor expected to sign today. The deal signed by Minor was $242 K over the MLB recommended slot price. Baseball America’s Jim Callis says that two sources claim that the Braves and Minor agreed in principle to the $2.42 M deal before the draft, but the MLB commissioner’s office put pressure on Atlanta not to announce the...

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