It's no secret that the bulk of the rebuilding process by the Pittsburgh Pirates has been primarily focused on the MLB draft. The Pirates have spent more than any other team in the majors over the last four years, including a single season record in 2011. In the process of spending this money, they've gone with a lot of over-slot deals. To be exact, the Pirates have had 26 over-slot deals from 2008-2011, an average of almost seven per year.
There is an expected amount of pressure involved for the drafts to produce major league talent. Those expectations are raised when a team is using the draft as one of their primary means for rebuilding. Add in the fact that the Pirates have spent more than any other team in the draft, and expectations go through the roof.
Those expectations might ...
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