An excerpt of my interview with Pirates president Frank Coonelly about Major League Baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, one that limits spending on the draft:
“Is this everything the Pittsburgh Pirates hoped it would be? No?” he said. “But we don’t subscribe to the notion it was aimed at us. For one, this has been in the works for a long time. It wasn’t a reaction. For another, at the end of the day, if teams like the Yankees ever wanted to really flex their muscles in the draft, they could do it. This actually prevents that. We’ll continue to sign the players we want.”
More in my Wednesday column.