The Pittsburgh Pirates could have a draft pool smaller than expected, according to Jim Callis and Bucs Dugout projections. It looks like the mystery is around whether or not the Bucs will be getting a comp pick for Derrek Lee, but the fans might have a right to be upset if the the club loses one of its few advantages (the willingness to invest in scouting) heading into the draft.
In other Pirates notes, the team put Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day DL to make room for fresh-off-the-trade A.J. Burnett, and the team will have a few options to fill out its rotation now that Burnett makes six pitchers vying for five spots:
Pirates' Draft Bonus Pool Just $6.5 Million, Jim Callis Reports - Bucs Dugout
"The Pirates get $6,563,500 to spend, the 16th largest amount, according to Jim Callis. This includes the compensation pick for Ryan Doumit, but not the one for Derrek Lee, which it looks like the Pirates might not get. Commissioner Steinbrenner . . . er, Selig isn't going to allow any more Josh Bell shenanigans ever again, no sirree."
2012 Aggregate Bonus Pools - Baseball America
"As part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are now assigned an aggregate signing bonus pool for their picks in the first 10 rounds of the draft. Each has a predetermined value, from $7.2 million for the No. 1 choice to $125,000 for pick No. 300 and any subsequent."
Frank Coonelly's Comments On The Draft Pool - Bucs Dugout
The Baseball America reporting that came out earlier today only includes one comp pick, since Derrek Lee hasn't signed yet, but obviously, there's no way to make up the difference between $6.6 million and $10 million with one comp pick. We'll see if the BA reporting is wrong, or if Connolly was wrong. Jim Callis is normally really reliable, obviously.
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To make roster room for Burnett, #Pirates Gustavo Nunez was placed on 60-day DL w/right ankle injury
Pirates have some starting pitcher depth heading into season - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"The Pirates essentially have six pitchers — Burnett, Kevin Correia, James McDonald, Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton — vying for five rotation spots. Former first-round pick Brad Lincoln will remain stuck in a holding pattern. Non-roster invitees Jo-Jo Reyes and Daniel Cabrera face even longer odds of making the team."
A.J. Burnett Trade Completed, Pending Physicals And Approval From MLB - MLB Daily Dish
The Pirates will be paying $5 million in 2012 and $8 million in 2013 for Burnett's services, for a total commitment of $13 million, as Kovacevic adds.
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