Pirates Sign Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first overall pick Gerrit Cole, and second round pick Josh Bell, according to Jon Heyman (Cole, Bell). Cole will get $8 M, and it’s a minor league deal, per Dejan Kovacevic.  The bonus is the highest in draft history, topping the $7.5 M bonus that Stephen Strasburg received.  It’s also a record for the Pirates. Josh Bell gets $5 M.  That’s the fourth biggest bonus given out by the...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Signing Deadline Preview

All is quiet with one day remaining to sign players from the 2011 draft.  Some may view that as a bad sign.  I happen to think it’s a good sign. Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates signed three players the day of the deadline.  They signed shortstop Drew Maggi, who had been close for days on a deal.  They also signed their top two draft picks: Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie.  However, the significant signings came earlier in the...

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Gerrit Cole Wants Strasburg Money

You had to know this was coming.  According to Jon Heyman, top overall pick Gerrit Cole wants something close to Stephen Strasburg’s record setting $15.067 M contract.  The contract for Strasburg was a major league deal, with a $7.5 M bonus, and the rest paid between 2009 and 2012. This isn’t unusual.  Scott Boras is the adviser for Cole, and Boras usually picks out the biggest contract in history as a starting point for...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Recap

Links to Previous Draft Coverage: Day One: Pirates Draft Gerrit Cole Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round Day Three: Pirates Go Heavy on Bats 2011 Draft Pick Player Pages 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker Thanks to MLB’s misbegotten efforts to control draft bonuses, August 15 has become nearly as important an event as the draft itself. That’s the deadline for signing draft picks, with the exception of...

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Where Do the New Picks Rank in the System?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to sign a draft pick, and no individual signing is guaranteed.  That’s not stopping us from projecting where the 2011 draft picks would rank with the current top ten prospects.  Each Pirates Prospects writer got together a mid-season list, and figured out where the new picks would fit in.  Obviously this is on a “if they all sign, this is where we’d rank them” hypothetical...

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