Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
First-round draft pick Mark Appel was unable to reach an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will return to Stanford for his senior season. The sides were unable to agree on a deal by Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, making Appel the first casualty of baseball's new restrictions on bonuses paid to amateurs. "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," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "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." Because Appel didn't sign, the Pirates will receive an extra first-round pick in next June's draft, the ninth overall selection. Appel, the only one 31...
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