No money saved to sign Appel, but that was pretty much expected at this point. Mathisen's a very interesting prospect, though, and I was a little worried that he may have gone back to college or JuCo to try and get first round money in the future. He apparently won't though, and he'll get a ton of time in with GCL Bradenton or State College this spring, which is awfully good news.
As the picks from the first ten rounds sign, we'll have an idea of exactly how much money the Pirates have to offer Mark Appel, so Mathisen signing quickly is also an added advantage on that front.
Would it be good to trade Hanrahan for a bat? I think any of our relievers for a bat would be a good idea - but I think dangling Hanrahan (in part b/c of the overvalued save) might net the most.
@nickjuneau24 Contenders always feel they need a bullpen arm--the Pirates just have to find the team foolish enough and desperate enough to overpay.
I think most agents have resigned themselves to the fact the new rules are the new rules and there's no use tilting at windmills. Better to get your client signed and in the system than screw around with going to juco or returning to school and risking injury just so you can maybe make a few hundred thou more next year. Of course those are reasonable agents with reasonable demands, Boras is the kind of guy who'd climb a mountain to punch an echo.
@Carnegie Chip I think you are definitely right about most agents--they seem to waving the white flag en masse. I also think you're on the mark with Boras' attitude; he's not going to color inside the lines quietly, because that just isn't his way.
It's just nuts how some of the first round picks--especially Correa--have signed for under slot (and in Correa's case, waaaaay under slot.) I don't know if that makes an Appel signing easier, or if it just leads Boras to claim that the signings are so far under slot as to be useless as comparisons.