Dec 5, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington on set of MLB.com during the MLB winter meetings at Hilton Anatole. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Pirates Neal Huntington Releases Statement on Mark Appel

“We were unable to reach an agreement with first round selection Mark Appel and bring him into our already strong organization. Our final offer exceeded the available bonus pool money and was essentially up to the last dollar we could offer prior to falling into the second tier penalty which would have resulted in the loss of a first round draft selection.

While, as we have shown in past years, we are willing to be aggressive with our financial offer, we simply did not feel it was in the best interest of the organization to forfeit our first round selection in the 2013 amateur draft.

Selecting Mark was a calculated risk, as we knew he would be a difficult sign. As an organization, we need to continue
to take these types of calculated risks. While we would’ve preferred to add Mark to the group of talented prospects in our
system, we wish Mark, and his family, nothing but success in the future.

We were able to add quality talent and depth from this year’s draft. We look forward to having the ninth selection in the
2013 draft as compensation for the non-signing of Mark, in addition to our conventional pick in the first round and beyond, to continue to further strengthen the talent level within our system.”

 

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