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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Draft Pick Signing Updates

Just a few updates today to the Draft Pick Signing Tracker: -When I was on vacation, the Pirates signed fifth round pick Nathan Baker. Baker received $176,000, which was $400 below slot for the 145th overall pick. -The Pirates have now spent at least $5,061,900 in the draft, not counting most of the signings past the tenth round, for which I have no figures. They’ve spent $4,936,900 in the top 10 rounds. I’ve been keeping...

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Pirates Sign Nathan Baker

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed their fifth round pick, Nathan Baker, a left handed starter from the University of Mississippi. Baker, who was a junior, becomes the 18th signing by the Pirates, and the second Ole Miss starter from the 2009 season, joining 21st round pick Phillip Irwin, who has an 0.60 ERA in 15 innings so far with the State College Spikes. Here are the details on Baker, from my day two draft writeup: Baker was a junior...

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Pirates Notebook: The myth of above slot signings

There seems to be a common misconception about signing players above slot. Every time I see someone talking about what it will take to sign our “signability” picks, it’s always the same talk: “With $4 M left to spend, we only have enough to sign 4-5 more picks.” “Zach Von Rosenberg and Billy Cain will probably cost us $3 M total.” “We really need to sign Parker Bangs and Zach Nuding to...

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Pirates sign Trent Stevenson

UPDATE 7:36 PM: According to Kiley McDaniel of Baseball Prospectus, the signing bonus for Stevenson is $350 K. That’s about the same as the slot figure for the 96th overall pick, in the middle of the third round. Just goes to show that not all above-slot signings require seven figures, or first/second round money. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the bonus figure. According to the Bucs Insider Twitter feed,...

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