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Scheppers To St. Paul

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The day before BA went to press with our 2008 Draft Preview issue, Fresno State righthander Tanner Scheppers ranked No. 10 among all draftable players. Then news broke May 15 […]

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And Another Thing . . .

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While most of the focus of the settlement of the draft-deadline grievance was on the fact that No. 2 overall draft pick Pedro Alvarez officially became a Pirate, the rule […]

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Coonelly Speaks On Alvarez

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Pedro Alvarez officially signed his $6.355 million major league contract with the Pirates Wednesday, officially ending a saga that dragged on for nearly six weeks past the Aug. 15 signing […]

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Alvarez/Hosmer Grievance Dropped

John Manuel -

Major League Baseball officially ended the Pedro Alvarez/Eric Hosmer grievance today, announcing in a prepared statement that the Major League Baseball Players Association’s grievance has been resolved. Alvarez, whom the […]

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Alvarez Agrees To New Deal

John Manuel -

So the Aug. 15 signing deadline really isn’t a deadline after all. More than a month after the actual signing deadline passed, the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez, the No. 2 […]

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Early 2009 Draft Top 25 Prospects

Matt Blood, Aaron Fitt, John Manuel and Jim Callis -Premium Content

September marks the end of the summer scouting circuit, as high schools and colleges begin classes. Scouts used the three months in between the draft and the starting of school as an opportunity to get a jump on evaluating the talent in the 2009 class. BA was out on the road as well, and after covering college summer leagues, Team USA and the high school showcase circuit, we have compiled top 25 lists for both college and high school prospects eligible for next year's draft.

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Race To The Bottom

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While the Twins and White Sox battle it out in the AL Central and the Phillies, Mets, Brewers and Astros all clawing for playoff spots in the senior circuit, there’s […]

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Ladnier Out As Royals SD

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One of the game’s longest-tenured scouting directors has lost his job. Royals general manager Dayton Moore announced Tuesday night that Deric Ladnier, the organization’s scouting director since August 2000, was […]

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Tate to Play Football After All

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It only took a week back in school and one missed football game to get Cartersville (Ga.) High’s Donovan Tate to change his mind. Previously, Tate made the decision to […]

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Last-Minute Shopping

Jim Callis -Premium Content

There were almost as many bonus records set at baseball's Aug. 15 signing deadline as there were in the Water Cube at the Beijing Olympics. Before the clock struck midnight—and in one case, afterward—teams spent like never before. Three of the four largest up-front bonuses ever were paid out, led by the Giants giving No. 5 overall pick Buster Posey $6.2 million. The 27 first-round picks who signed received an average bonus of $2,484,963, more than $300,000 than ever before, and an increase of 18.4 percent from 2007, the biggest jump in the era of Major League Baseball's recommendations for bonus slots.

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Royals Also Join $10 Million Club

Jim Callis -

The Red Sox may have broken the $10 million barrier for draft bonuses, but they’re not alone. The Royals spent $10,165,000 on bonuses for draft picks in the first 10 […]

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Breaking The $10 Million Barrier

Jim Callis -

The Red Sox spent in excess of $10 million on their draft, which may be a first in draft history. Records for yearly expenditures by clubs are incomplete. But while an […]

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New First-Round Record

Jim Callis -

The 27 first-round picks who have signed have received an average bonus of $2,484,963, shattering the previous record of $2,154,280 established in 2001. The average will come down slightly once the […]

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Hosmer’s Bonus

Jim Callis -

The Royals gave No. 3 overall pick Eric Hosmer a $6 million bonus. Three of the four largest up-front bonuses in draft history were handed out on deadline day this year: The Giants gave […]

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