Found March 13, 2012 on Players View:
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In 2007 the Pittsburgh Pirates were what the Houston Astros are today. In 2012, they’re in a better place and there’s growing optimism in Pittsburgh. All one has to do is look at the deal they made last week with Andrew McCutchen.

At six years, $51 million that may seem like a lot to the ordinary citizen (and you’re not wrong), but in baseball terms this could be as big a steal as Evan Longoria has been to the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Obviously, I’ll get into the numbers later, but this team has some quality coming up through their farm system. That may dry up after the commissioner and his cronies decided to create preposterous limits on the amount teams can pay players in the draft.

This past year the Pirates paid over $10 million more than any other team so they can build a strong foundation, but the commissioner seems to have a problem with anyone going over slot. So this year he, with the acceptance of the Players Association, will enforce penalties on teams that go over slot. Those penalties include, losing draft picks, fines and wearing a Scarlet A around the town square.

 

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