SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: The draft board is seen prior to the start of the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

2012 MLB Draft: Pirates Don't Sign Mark Appel

The Pirates did not sign No. 8 overall draft pick Mark Appel, who will complete his college career at Stanford.

  • Live
55 Total Updates since May 18, 2012
  • Important 1
  • Updates 48
  • Articles 7
  • All Updates 55

2012 MLB Draft Signings: Mark Appel Turns Down $3.8 Million Offer From Pirates, According To Reports

Negotiations between the Pittsburgh Pirates and their top pick from the 2012 MLB Draft Mark Appel went down to the final seconds, however the two sides could not reach a deal, with Appel turning down a reported offer of $3.8 million, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America.

In a statement he released, Appel explained the reasoning of his decision.

"After much thought, prayer & analysis of both opportunities, I came to the conclusion the best decision is to remain at Stanford continuing my studies, finishing my degree & doing all I can to assist the Cardinal baseball team in our goal to win nat. championship"

Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neil Huntington also released a statement, explaining that the Pirates offered every last dollar they could to Appel without losing picks in next-year's draft.

"Our final offer exceeded the available bonus pool money and was essentially up to the last dollar we could offer prior to falling into the second tier penalty which would have resulted in the loss of a first round draft selection... [W]e simply did not feel it was in the best interest of the organization to forfeit our first round selection in the 2013 amateur draft."

The Pirates will now have the ninth selection in the 2013 MLB Draft as compensation in addition to the pick they receive based on their final place in the standings at the conclusion of the 2012 season.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. Still not enough baseball for you? Head over to Baseball Nation for the latest news from all 30 MLB teams as the second half of the season begins.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

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.