Since Neal Huntington and company took over in 2008, the Pittsburgh Pirates have upped their amateur spending budgets each year. In the draft, no team spent more money than the Pirates from 2008-2011. In the international market, the Pirates have upped their budget to $3 M a year. They've gone over that budget the last two years to sign Luis Heredia in 2010, and Harold Ramirez in 2011. The Pirates have spent $9.09 M in the last two years, which ranks fifth in the majors.

The spending in the draft has been brought under some questions. For the most part it's too early to expect any serious major league results from the four drafts. The 2008 draft class is the only one that's really starting to produce major leaguers across the league, outside of the first round. But there have been some ...

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