Williams: How Will the Pirates Be Impacted By Losing Rene Gayo?

The Pirates parted ways with Rene Gayo (right) last week. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Williams: How Will the Pirates Be Impacted By Losing Rene Gayo?

The Pirates parted ways with Rene Gayo last week, after MLB concluded that Gayo had received kickbacks from a Mexican team for previous signings. The Latin American market has long been the wild west, but MLB is beginning to crack down heavily on illegal and unethical activity.

The decision by the Pirates to part ways with Gayo leads to a lot of questions about the future of the Pirates' international signings, along with the chance to recap Gayo's results with the team. I wanted to break all of those categories down, and look at what to expect from the international market going forward.
Gayo's History of Finding Talent
There has been a growing sentiment that the Pirates haven't been successful in the international markets in recent years. They had a very promising group coming throu...

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