Pirates' Draft Bonus Pool Just $6.5 Million, Jim Callis Reports
The Pirates get $6,563,500 to spend, the 16th largest amount, according to Jim Callis. This includes the compensation pick for Ryan Doumit, but not the one for Derrek Lee, which it looks like the Pirates might not get. Commissioner Steinbrenner . . . er, Selig isn't going to allow any more Josh Bell shenanigans ever again, no sirree. Via Tim. UPDATE by Charlie: I take back every let's-be-reasonable-about-this thing I said about the draft pools if this is true. This would be awful. It's directly at odds with what Frank Coonelly told me at PirateFest. More later; I have to go to work.