BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates were once one of the highest spending teams when it came to amateur bonuses. They spent more money than any team in the amateur draft from 2008-2011. They spent $3 M a year on the international side, and that amount didn't include special situations like Luis Heredia, Harold Ramirez, or other big bonus exceptions.

This was also during a time when the Pirates were still a losing organization, and on the verge of making themselves annual contenders. The MLB payroll was low, which was justified due to the rebuilding efforts. But this meant we never got a chance to see if they could handle spending at those amateur levels while also maintaining a contending payroll for a small market team.

The reason we never got to see that is because the CBA changes in 201...

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