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Pirates Sign Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows is close to signing. - Image Credit: Getty Images
Austin Meadows is close to signing. – Image Credit: Getty Images

UPDATE 2:24 PM, FRIDAY: The Pirates announced they have officially signed Austin Meadows, who will play for the Gulf Coast League Pirates in Bradenton.

Austin Meadows had the following tweet Thursday:

Pretty straight forward: he’s in Pittsburgh. I think a lot of people hope that means he’s about to sign. That’s not necessarily the case. Seventh round pick Buddy Borden went to Pittsburgh after the draft, but it was more for negotiation purposes, and Borden still hasn’t signed. Of course, there’s also this tweet by Jon Heyman:

So it looks like the two sides are close to a deal. I never expected the signing of Meadows to be an issue, even if it didn’t happen instantly like Reese McGuire’s signing. I did talk with McGuire this afternoon, who is friends with Meadows. McGuire will be on the Pirates Prospects Podcast on Monday, but to release part of the show early, here is what he had to say on whether he’s talked with Meadows recently.

“I’ve been in touch with him a little bit,” McGuire said. “He said he was still working out negotiations and whatnot. But I think he should be getting down here pretty soon. I’m not exactly sure when. He hasn’t really given me a full answer either.”

So even McGuire expects Meadows to sign, and to be down here in Bradenton soon. At any rate, there hasn’t been much to report on Meadows to this point, but now it looks like we’re close to getting the most important news on Meadows in this whole process.

UPDATE 9:11 PM: Travis Sawchik says Meadows is signed and that the deal is expected to be close to slot.

UPDATE 9:35 PM: Jim Callis says Meadows got the full slot amount.

Looking at the Draft Pick Signing Tracker, that puts the Pirates at $8,230,600 spent in the top ten rounds. They still have $232,800 to spend on over-slot deals, or $668,145 if they want to go up to 4.9% over their bonus pool. If they did that they would be taxed 75% on the overage, although they wouldn’t lose any future draft picks. The only top ten picks left to sign are sixth round pick Adam Frazier and seventh round pick Buddy Borden. Frazier and Mississippi State just ended their run in the College World Series, while Borden has been looking for an over-slot deal.

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YES! After last year it’s great to have not only a first round pick signed, but TWO!! Welcome to the Burgh Austin! Can’t wait to see if him and Reese can ride the wave together through the minors. Not quite the next Tallion/Cole, but to add to nice position prospects is just what we needed.

Nice job Pirates, I’ve taken a beating here in Philly and it’s GREAT to be able to throw it back at em!




Raise it !


It’s unrelated to this, but Miami will not be signing Matt Krook, who was selected with the competitive balance pick that was traded to them for Gaby Sanchez. Goldbeard Huntington strikes again! Assuming that Gorkys Hernandez continues to be Gorkys Hernandez.
Great news on the Meadows signing as well


P: The Marlins will offer about $600,000 which is what they have to offer to maintain the draft pick next year if Krook turns down the offer. Do you remember AJ Dickey in the draft? They found that he was missing something in his elbow and he never knew it. His offer plummeted, but he has made out pretty well. I wonder if the Pirates can work a deal with the Marlins to sign the kid. Or, why he wants to commit to a 4 year school is beyond me. He can opt for a JUCO, and be draft eligible again next year if he corrects the problem. If he does not get drafted, still plenty of time to transfer to the 4 year school


I didn’t realize there was a provision for teams to recoup a pick if a player fails a physical. I wrongly assumed that the pick was unprotected.
It appears that Krook will go to Oregon to play college ball. In any event, I hope the injury is minor.


Travis Sawchik reports that he has signed for slot. With JaCOby also signing for slot, the Bucs have about $640 K left without going over their base slot value (and another $440 K or so without any penalty other than tax). Remaining top 10 round picks are Frazer (slot is $240K) and Buddy Borden (slot value is about $180K).

Looks like a great job by the FO on this draft to me.


Assuming he does sign they send him to the GCL and not Jamestown?


Do you think they will send them up in August for a little bit of time in the NYPL….and hurrah for meadows signing, I hate all the last day drama!


Thanks Tim

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