Raise the Jolly Roger’s Amateur Draft Luxury Tax!
I asked Frank Coonelly, the Pirates’ president, what’s in this for them.
He cited a new draft feature that will award six bonus picks — Nos. 31-37 overall — to lower-revenue teams by way of a lottery, as well as a cap on international signings that’s staggered in inverse order of the standings. Both will be welcome.
Coonelly also was adamant that baseball wasn’t out to get his team.
“Is this everything the Pittsburgh Pirates hoped it would be? No,” he said. “But we don’t subscribe to the notion it was aimed at us. For one, this has been in the works a long time. For another, at the end of the day, if teams like the Yankees ever wanted to really flex their muscles in the draft, they could do it. This prevents that. We’ll continue to sign the players we draft.”
He then mentioned that the Pirates are still seeking a first baseman and a starting pitcher.
Don’t expect Albert Pujols.
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