Pirates in holding pattern over Miguel Sano


Pirates, Twins, Orioles have made offers Major League Baseball has continued their age and indentity investigation regarding top Dominican prospect Miguel Sano, which has put the Pirates in a holding pattern in trying to sign Sano. If Sano is found to be lying about his age, he will receive an automatic one year suspension but the Pirates are confident that the situation will be resolved by the end of the week and they will be able to move forward in their pursuit of Sano. It remains to be seen whether Sano will receive offers in excess of the $4.25 million Dominican pitcher Michael Ynoa received from the Oakland Athletics last year. That is the largest bonus ever given to a foreign amateur free agent. Some scouts believe the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sano is the best teenager from the Dominican Republic in more than a decade. A scout from a major-league clubRead More »

Pirates, Twins to could make offers excess of $4.25 million to Miguel Sano


By John Perrotto The Pirates proved last year that they were finally willing to pay for top talent in the first-year player draft, shelling out a four-year, $6.335-million major-league contract to first-round pick Pedro Alvarez. Now the Pirates will try to make the same kind of statement on the international amateur free-agent market. Teams can begin signing the 16-year-olds on Thursday and the Pirates have their sights on Dominican shortstop Miguel Sano, considered the best player on the market this year. In fact, some scouts believe 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sano is the best teenager from the Dominican Republic in more than a decade. “This guy is going to be a big-time hitter in the major leagues, a potential superstar,” said a scout from a major-league club who has watched Sano work out in recent months. “He’s a lot stronger than most Latin American kids and the ball jumps off his bat.Read More »

Market Picking Up: Yankees, Cardinals join the Miguel Cano sweepstakes


The signing period for international free agents begins July 2nd as MLB teams will be able to make official offers to highly touted Dominican prospect SS Miguel Sano. There has been a belief that the Pirates have the inside track to land Sano but it is not a foregone conclusion that Sano will sign with the Pirates as up to 10 teams are expressing interest. According to reports, the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals are the newest teams to express interest. The Yankees will work out Sano next week, as will the Baltimore Orioles (for 2nd time). Less than four weeks until teams can make offers, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins remain the front runners but the price is going up. It is believed that Sano is seeking a signing bonus of $4.25 million. Pittsburgh were told will not go above $4 million. The Cubs, Blue Jays,Read More »