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 Post subject: Some potential good news from BA's Jim Callas
PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:52 am 
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Jim Callas of Baseball America says:
Fear not, Pirates fans, regarding Pedro Alvarez. Or fans of just about any other club with an unsigned first-round pick.

We're going through the usual last-minute rhetoric, with both clubs and players laying it on thick. Pirates president Frank Coonelly worries that "grossly exceeding the well-established market for drafted players" would harm his club's ability to build a winner. (So would not signing Alvarez.)

With the exception of Wake Forest first baseman Allan Dykstra, who has a hip condition that worries the Padres, I believe all of the unsigned first-rounders will agree to terms before the deadline. Here's how I see it unfolding:

Vanderbilt third baseman Alvarez (No. 2 overall, Pirates) and Florida State catcher Posey (No. 5, Giants) will get the most lucrative deals in this year's draft, landing major league contracts worth more than No. 1 overall pick Tim Beckham's deal with the Rays. Beckham signed a draft-record $6.15 million bonus, with MLB calculating the present value at $4.7 million after Tampa Bay spread it over five years under provisions for two-sport athletes.

> Tanner Scheppers threw two or three dozen pitches for the suits at PNC today and looked good. We expect that he'll be signed before Alvarez. Also, it seems that the on-again, off-again talks with Justin Wilson are back on. That's great news for a pitching poor Pirate organization if those arms get added to the system.


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