Originally posted on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 7/16/12
For the third straight year, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted the top pitching arm in the pre-draft rankings, nabbing Mark Appel at #8 overall in the draft. This makes sense for a team that hasn't had a winning season since Barry Bonds left town in 1992. This is how you rebuild.Too bad Appel didn't sign. Appel, a Scott Boras client, decided that he would return to Stanford for his senior year. This leaves the Pirates with next year's #9 pick. The recommended slot money for his spot was $2.9 million in bonus money. He rejected $3.8 million in Pittsburgh's offer. Now that is $3.8 million in guaranteed, up-front cash. That's a lot of money for an unproven college kid, but it wasn't enough for him and Boras, who never seemed all that serious about signing with Pittsburgh anyway. Appel thought he'd go first, scared off Houston, and fell to eighth. He was hoping to get much higher money, but knew the small-market Pirates would never pay that. Hence, here we are. Boras has a tendency to do t...
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