Ben Badler of Baseball America, released his recap of the Pirates 2012 International spending today. Like every other team in baseball, the Pirates had a $2.9 M cap for spending on International players. That cap didn't go into place until July 2nd and it runs until June 15,2013. Any signings made earlier in the year did not count against it, plus there are a few allowances for spending just over the 2.9 M number. The top six bonuses of $50,000 or less don't count against the cap and any player that signed for $7,500 or less, also doesn't count. First to recap what we already knew, followed by notes from Badler's own write-up on the Pirates spending.

The two biggest signings this year are sure to cause some confusion for Pirates fans. On July 2nd, they signed third baseman Julio de la C...

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