On Wednesday, the Associated Press announced the remaining international bonus pool totals in an article about Japanese superstar Shohei Otani. The point of the article was to show which team could afford to give him the highest bonus. While it would be nice to dream about the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Otani, a small difference (in baseball terms) between bonus pools likely isn't going to be the deciding factor for where he signs. If he was that worried about the amount he will make short-term, there are cities that would provide him with better marketing opportunities to make up the bonus difference and then some.
What we are interested in here is the remaining bonus pool money for the Pirates. Okay, you're still interested in Otani, so here is a tidbit to add in to the AP numbers. T...
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