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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kovacevic: Baseball sticks it to Pirates

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.

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: November 23, 2011 at 08:52 PM (#4000370)
Best player ever drafted #31 overall: Greg Maddux, 1984 (96.9 WAR)
#32: Dave Magadan, 1983 (22.2)
#33: Dave Burba, 1987 (13.6)
#34: Mark Gubicza, 1981 (34.8)
#35: Johnny Damon, 1992 (51.7)
#36: Randy Johnson, 1985 (89.6) [2nd: Johnny Bench, 1965 (71.3)]
#37: Frank Viola, 1981 (43.1)

These are the exceptions, obviously. Only about a third of the players drafted #31-37 ever have a positive WAR in the majors, and maybe one of the ten is a legit starting player.

But it beats a kick in the head...
   2. And You Thought Zonk Was Terminated? Posted: November 23, 2011 at 08:59 PM (#4000374)
as well as a cap on international signings that’s staggered in inverse order of the standings.


Whoa - guess I should have read the labor deal thread... I wasn't aware there was any such thing in the new CBA.

That seems to me like the biggest deal of all - is it just bonus based, or does have any indirect spending limitations?
   3. The District Attorney Posted: November 23, 2011 at 09:03 PM (#4000377)
Best player ever drafted #31 overall: Greg Maddux
Is that why he took the uniform number? Anyone know?

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