Pirates Notebook: Did MLB stand in the way of draft signings?

There’s been a lot of talk going around that the MLB commissioner’s office has been putting pressure on teams to wait until later in the draft pick signing process before announcing any above slot deals. It started with some rumblings from Baseball America. Then there was a Peter Gammons report that suggested a team in the Central with poor success over the last few years had agreed to an above slot deal with their fourth...

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Pirates Notebook: Is the draft a success?

Let’s rewind the clock back to the morning of June 9th, about seven hours before the draft. Rumors were slowly creeping out that the Pirates would draft Tony Sanchez with the number four pick, ranked as the 32nd best prospect in the draft according to Baseball America. Later in the day Keith Law would break the news that the Pirates had reached a pre-draft deal with Sanchez, which sent most Pirates fans in to a frenzy. My...

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Pirates sign Zack Von Rosenberg

According to John Perrotto, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed sixth round pick Zack Von Rosenberg, arguably their top priority signing after first round pick Tony Sanchez. ZVR signed for $1.2 M, which is $875 K more than eighth round pick Colton Cain received, and in line with the MLB estimated slot price for the 26th overall pick in the draft. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the signing and the bonus figure. Here is...

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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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