Posted July 13, 2012 on AP on Fox
The first signing period under baseball's new draft restrictions ended with touted pitcher Mark Appel spurning Pittsburgh to remain at Stanford and with 10 teams exceeding their bonus pools but none by enough to forfeit future selections. Appel was the only unsigned player among 31 first-round picks, turning down an offer of $3.8 million from the Pirates. Appel was projected by some to be the No. 1 selection last month, but several teams shied away from the right-hander because of the expected demands of his adviser, Scott Boras. Appel was selected eighth. That slot was assigned $2.9 million from the drafting team's bonus pool in baseball's new labor contract, which imposes penalties on clubs that exceed their threshold - the total of the slots for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds. The first pick was slotted for $7.2 million and Houston chose shortstop Carlos Correa, who agreed to $4.8 million. Pittsburgh was prepared to go as much as 5 percent above its...

Thoughts as Mark Appel's decision approaches

I'm going to be up front here and say that I don't really know what to expect from the Pirates and Mark Appel and Scott Boras this afternoon at the 5 PM deadline to sign picks from this year's amateur draft. There's been a lot of noise coming from Appel's direction lately that he's not going to sign, but I find it really hard to see that as anything other...

Mark Appel: Deadline Day is upon us

We knew it would come down to today. It always does when you are dealing with Scott Boras clients. But this afternoon, at 5 PM ET, the Pirates’ 1st round pick Mark Appel will either be starting his professional career or he will be heading back to Stanford for his senior season. We know one thing. And that is that Appel is not going to be offered any more than $3,837,575. That...

A few final words on the Mark Appel situation

Precedent.That's what I think the whole negotiation between the Pirates and the Scott Boras/Mark Appel camp was about. Well, precedent and money. I turned on Baseball Tonight this afternoon to watch their update on the Pirates and Justin Upton and left the TV on. About 15 minutes later, Jayson Stark did a quick blurb about the Appel not signing and casually dropped a line that...
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