There has been a lot of talk about how the new draft rules hurt the Pittsburgh Pirates, who spent more than any team from 2008-2011. The Pirates have also upped their spending on the international market, with a budget of $3 M a year. They've gone over budget the last two years, spending a little over $9 M, which ranks fifth in baseball in that time frame.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement limits teams to spending $2.9 M this year. That shouldn't impact the Pirates in the same way as the new draft spending rules. They won't be able to go over-budget for a third year in a row, but they can still sign a lot of talented players with the $2.9 M.

The new system actually benefits the Pirates. Most of their signings are smaller budget deals around $300 K or less. The spending in the i...

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