2011 MLB Draft: Gerrit Cole, Josh Bell Agree To Terms In Pirates' Wild Draft Binge

According to various tweets, mostly from Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates have signed top overall pick Gerrit Cole for $8 million and second-round pick Josh Bell for $5 million. Add in $1.2 million for ninth-round pick Clay Holmes and substantial six-figure bonuses given to several other picks, and the Pirates’ draft will probably amount to something like $17 million, which would probably make it the most expensive draft in baseball history.

In Cole, the Pirates are getting a golden-armed pitcher with the chance to be an ace at the major-league level. He has some mechanical issues to work through, but he and Jameson Taillon should be the Pirates’ top prospects. Cole’s pro career will likely begin next year, probably at Bradenton.

Bell, an outfielder, was one of the top bats in the draft, but fell to the Pirates in the second round after he made it clear that he preferred college ball at the University of Texas to turning pro. Apparently, $5 million was enough to lure him away.

This is a great day for the Pirates – this kind of expenditure on the draft is truly wild.

For more on the Bucs, check out Bucs Dugout.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.