The Commissioner's Office frowns on clubs that offer above-slot money. The Commissioner's Office cannot stop teams from dishing out the signing bonus it wants, but it certainly can put pressure on clubs not to do so and can fine organizations that don't follow a designed procedure before handing out above-slot money.
Apaprently, the Pirates now find themselves stuck in this process.
"We've continued to be respectful of Major League Baseball and the process that they've put in place," GM Neal Huntington said. "We've hit a little bit of a wall in terms of getting our tougher signs through that process. We're losing a little bit of momentum because we're being held up. But we still feel optimistic we're going to be able to get these deals done. It's going to cost us some dollars, and those dollars may end up costing us another player that we can't sign, but we're trying to work through the process appropriately.
"They can't stop us from doing it, but there is a process we're trying to be respectful of.
When we sign a player for above-slot dollars, it does have an affect industry-wide and that's the Commissioner's concern."
I cant believe this isnt getting more attention...If this is accurate then there are players ready to sign but Selig is leaning on the Pirates about slot recommendations.
Thoughts out there?