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So in about two hours we'll have a story up that Mark Appel has signed.
There is nothing to indicate Appel is about to change his mind
The Pirates have spent more than just about any other team on drafted players the past couple years, but under the new system their total allotment to spend on draft choices was only $6.5 million. Since they spent $2.7 million on all their other picks, they are left with $3.8 million for Appel, assuming they aren’t willing to surrender a ‘13 pick.
Can you still do the St. Paul Saints year and then go free agent?
Totally different. The logic there was that deals for top draft picks had gotten so out of control that they were impacting teams' ability to sign veteran free agents. I'm not enough of an expert to know how true that was, but it's certainly plausible.
John Grupp ?@JGrupp_trib
Boras on Pirates-““This system placed teams like Pittsburgh in a great dilemma. It wasn't about a willingness to pay. It’s about a system .”
Sure, there will be some kids who get injured or flame out and lose a few million in this process, but that's not going to resonate with the general populace like all-time greats having to work day jobs in the offseason.
The world is upside-down, the Yankees paid their first rounder the least, he got 1.2M, 400k under slot.
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