According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates still have not offered top draft pick Pedro Alvarez a Major League contract. Kovacevic does not expect the Bucs to do so but won’t rule it out. It’s rumored that Giants’ top pick Buster Posey will get a big league deal, while #1 pick Tim Beckham signed a minor league contract. Of course, Posey was a college player while Beckham signed out of high school.
Despite that possible issue, Kovacevic speaks of "palpable optimism" for a deal on the Pirates side. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan writes about the turnabout for Frank Coonelly, who now gets to deal with Scott Boras’ over-slot demands firsthand.