Stark wanted to hype a pending Scott Boras-Frank Coonelly death match, but I say he did not make a good go of it. The decision is Appel's to make, not Boras'. What it comes down to is Appel, the engineering major, looking at his (limited) options, the (large sum of) money now available to him and the possible (risky) futures he now faces and then, with those coniderations in his mind, choosing to forego a certain $3M to try his luck in the 2013 draft. He might decide to do just that - but only if he were a fool. Boras ought to ‘advise' Appel to take the money. He should ‘advise' Appel to perform an internet search on the name Matt Harrington. That would be the ethical path. Whether Boras walks that path is now a open question.
The Pirates will likely prevail in this matter. Only a surprising and successful legal feint by Boras or an Appel blunder would scuttle this outcome.