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2011 MLB Draft: Danny Hultzen Reportedly Wants $13 Million

Jim Callis of Baseball America tweets that Danny Hultzen, the University of Virginia lefty who has been mentioned as a candidate to be selected by the Pirates with the first overall pick in the draft, wants $13 million:

Teams told Danny Hultzen's asking price is $13 mil. Before you ask: No, I don't think it will really affect where he goes in the #mlbdraft.

Maybe not, but Hultzen isn't worth anywhere near $13 million as a lefty pitcher with strong command and merely acceptable velocity. He probably knows that and isn't expecting to get anywhere near $13 million, which would be a historic figure. He isn't worthy of the first overall pick regardless, but he definitely isn't worth it if he's going to play hardball. The Pirates should have stayed away from him before this; now it's even clearer that avoiding him is the right call. Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon remains the best choice for the Pirates with the first overall pick.

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