Could the Pirates Already Have a Deal With Jameson Taillon?

Today there were a few reports that MLB has been holding back over-slot deals, which isn’t really breaking news, as this is something we’ve been hearing for awhile now.  Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus started it off with the following tweet: I wonder if MLB has just lost track of how many draft deals are already done but can’t be announced; they’re piling up. Jim Callis of Baseball America had a lot of...

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The Fear of Not Signing Taillon and Allie

Every year there seems to be some “what if” fear over the Pittsburgh Pirates failing to sign their top draft picks.  In 2008 it was Pedro Alvarez, plus the later round over-slot guys.  In 2009 it was Zach Von Rosenberg, Colton Cain, and all of the prep pitchers.  This year it’s Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie.  I’m almost certain that we’ll hear the same talk next year about a guy like Matt Purke, even...

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Are the Pirates Moving on From Kubitza and Weiss?

Yesterday it was announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates had signed 17th round pick Ryan Hafner, a prep pitcher with a commitment to Missouri State.  Today, Baseball America announced that Hafner received a $450,000 bonus, which is about $300,000 over the normal maximum “allowed” by Major League Baseball after the fifth round. Hafner’s bonus is currently the second highest bonus so far in the draft for the Pirates,...

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Interview with 7th Round Pick Austin Kubitza

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Austin Kubitza in the seventh round of the 2010 draft, continuing their trend of taking prep pitchers in the middle rounds.  Kubitza was rated the #153 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and has a commitment to Rice, which means he will likely command an over-slot bonus.  Pirates Prospects recently had a chance to interview Austin on being drafted, his history of pitching, and how the...

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Akinori Iwamura Designated for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Akinori Iwamura for assignment, clearing room for Pedro Alvarez to be added to the 25-man roster.  Iwamura had a very disappointing season with the Pirates, hitting for a .182/.292/.267 line in 165 at-bats.  He was acquired in the off-season in exchange for Jesse Chavez, who coincidentally was optioned to AAA by the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Iwamura has a $4.85 M salary, which the...

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