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Pirates Officially Sign Jonathan Barrios

You know, a story like this seems like a fairly big deal, but all we know about 16-year-old Colombian shortstop Jonathan Barrios is that he's one of the top 25 prospects coming out of Latin America. (And, judging from this article at ESPN.com, he's probably not in the top half of the top 25.) There are only 30 teams in the majors. The Pirates really should be signing one of these players pretty much every year. This is certainly a start, and I don't mean to sound critical of Barrios, who I know little about, but still: this is something we should expect more than something we should celebrate.