The International Signing Period starts on Monday, July 2nd. This year all teams will be limited to spending $2.9 M on the international market. That shouldn't impact the Pirates much. Their budget the last few years has been $3 M, and they mostly prefer to go with lower bonus guys, rather than spending it all on one player.

They have made a few exceptions in the past few years to go over their $3 M budget. Luis Heredia's $2.6 M bonus put them at $5 M in 2010, and Harold Ramirez's $1.05 M bonus last year put them at $4 M in spending. This year there will be strict penalties for teams that go over the bonus pool, which will prevent the Pirates from such an approach.

That won't prevent the team from signing a top prospect, and they've already been linked to one of the top guys on the m...

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