No deal for Mark Appel and the Pirates
No deal for Mark Appel and the Pirates | HardballTalk
Pirates first round draft pick Mark Appel is going back to college. Because he and Pittsburgh failed to reach a deal by todayís deadline.
The eighth overall pick had seemed like a signing longshot for some time. In large part because he was originally expected to be the first overall pick before his hometown Houston Astros passed on him after he declined a $6 million bonus before the draft. That was not the maximum the Astros could have give him. They could have gone to $7.8 million in this new bonus-capped, hard-slotted world in which we now operate, but the ĎStros obviously didnít think he was worth it.
Enter the Pirates, who per the slot rules could have given Appel around $3.8 million or so. Maybe a bit more depending on what they did with later picks, but not much more. Since negotiations began, this seemed like it was never going to happen. Appel wanted more and the Pirates would be forced to surrender a first round pick in 2013 if they exceeded their draft bonus cap.
As Matthew noted earlier this week, Appel would seem to have a lot to lose by going back to school for his senior season. Unless he raises his draft stock for next year, he wonít stand to make any more and could slide down further. Itís early yet, but next yearís draft looks kind of weak so itís possible. But of course, thereís always a risk of injury.
Scott Boras is Appelís agent and he is on record as hating the bonus caps. I suppose he hoped to bust them with Appel, just like he has busted past attempts by the owners to curb bonuses. But it didnít work this time. Or maybe his client was simply obstinate. Hard to say. Either way, the Pirates donít have their first round pick and Appel has to wait another year to start his march to the majors.
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