Pirates Not Likely To Sign Bell

By: Mike Vukovcan

When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted HS outfielder Josh Bell they knew it would be difficult to sign him.

It’s looking more and more likely that it will be next to impossible to do so.

ESPN.com’s Keith Law tweets today that he’s told there is no dollar figure that would change Bell’s mind about going to college. According to Law, Bell has made it clear that he will honor his commitment and play college baseball at Texas.

Early speculation had it taking over $6 million to get Bell signed, but, it appears even that won’t be enough.

Bell was drafted in the 2nd round by the Pirates (61st overall). If they’re unable to sign him, the Pirates will get the 62nd pick in next year’s draft.

  • buceye

    This kid needs college. He’s not bright enough to take money and get education later.

  • Brad

    Good for the kid … But buceye’s comment is dumb, doesnt one go to college to get more money in the end? But if you ate getting the money first … With no promises you will be any good in 4 years why go to school?

    Also when this topic came up a few weeks ago I had some people day this move was genius drafting this kid. Where are you now? We are now without a top prospect for an entire year. Yup, genius move pirates. I’m convinced the pirates selected him to save a few dollars. Knowing they wouldn’t sign him. Where are all the supporters of this move now? That’s what I want to know. Yet again, I’m right.

    • Nate

      It was a good risk for the Bucs to do this. The point of the matter is that this kid was worthy of round 1. Why not take a gamble on him? If he doesn’t sign then you get the 62nd pick next year instead of a 61st this? Makes sense. Scott also might be trying to get this number to increase so just wait this out and see if he takes the $. 6 million could set him for life. What if he flames out or gets injured in college?

  • Paul

    Calm down there, Brad. I believe buceye was writing with a sarcastic virtual pen.

    Isn’t it possible, likely even, that this is a negotiating ploy by Scott Boras’ client?

    How about waiting till the signing deadline in August before we judge the pick.

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