Pirates increase offer to Sano, but no counter
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MILWAUKEE -- The Pirates early last week made a "substantially increased" offer to sign elite Dominican prospect Miguel Angel Sano, according to a team source, but it expired at midnight Saturday without a counter.
Neither side would divulge the amount of the offer.
Sano, a shortstop who projects to switch to the outfield, is perhaps the best of the 16-year-old class of international amateur talent that Major League Baseball teams could sign beginning July 2.
The Pirates made Sano an offer July 2, and they remain the only team known to have made a paper offer, though agent Rob Plummer -- who has represented players that got seven of the top 12 bonuses in Dominican history -- has expressed strong satisfaction at the general interest in Sano. The current high bonus in the region is the $3.1 million the St. Louis Cardinals paid to Dominican outfielder Wagner Mateo.
Plummer's preference is to wait and allow the market to play out. He has maintained he is not soliciting offers from any team.
Sano claims to be 16, and an independent test conducted by the Pirates confirmed him to be between 16 and 17. But MLB's investigation, while confirming Sano's identity, left his age as "undetermined," which surely has had an effect on the field of suitors.
First Published August 31, 2009 12:00 am