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Alvarez signs with Pirates for $6 million signing bonus

Updated: August 16, 2008, 1:53 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- Six of the top 11 picks in baseball's amateur draft agreed to contracts in the hours before Friday's midnight deadline. That included No. 2 overall pick Pedro Alvarez, who received a minor league deal from the Pittsburgh Pirates with a $6 million signing bonus.

"Pedro Alvarez is an accomplished college hitter with the potential to be a middle of the order bat at the major league level for us," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "Equally important, he ...

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