The Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of Major League Baseball have turned this into one of the slowest offseasons in recent history. However, there could be some signings soon.
Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are set to meet on Thursday to have negotiations on a new CBA. This has been the main story of the offseason since the beginning of December. Outside of coaching staff moves and minor league deals, there is not able to be any happenings with players and teams at the Major League level. There was a flurry of signings and trades before the Lockout officially went into place, but since it has been a very frustrating offseason from a fan’s perspective.
Well. there is finally something notable for fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates to pay attention to. On January 15th the Pittsburgh Pirates along with the rest of Major League Baseball will be able to sign new players. The International signing window for the next batch of prospects will be opening up.
Now, there have been reports about deals between teams and players already, with the common phrase being “front runner to sign player x”. The Pittsburgh Pirates already have deals in place and there are more that have yet to be reported. Any of the deals can become official on the 15th.
So how much money will the Pittsburgh Pirates spend on this year’s International class? Well, the team actually falls into the top tier of how much money they are able to spend. According to Baseball America, the Bucs along with 7 other teams fall into the top tier. Each of those teams will have an allotment of $6,262,600.
This is obviously very important for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The bigger the budget the better chance they have in acquiring a future talent. The Bucs already are expected to sign two of the top hitters available and are close to a deal with one of the more interesting pitching prospects on the board. Hopefully, the team will receive good grades for their upcoming prospect haul and find some legitimate future talent.