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Pittsburgh Pirates 8th Round Pick Kevin Ross Shows Public Disgust With Signing Bonus

As of 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 13, 2012, the signing period for players who were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft had elapsed.  Draftees who signed with the clubs that selected them were added to their respective farm systems, and those who failed to sign will either play at least another year of college ball or put forth their best effort with an independent league baseball team.

While many of the players who ended up signing are happy with their decisions, at least one player is having second thoughts.  According to Mike Cameron of the Morton Grove Champion, one of those disgruntled players is Kevin Ross, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th round.  Ross agreed to a $130,000 signing bonus, which is less than what is expected for players who are drafted at that particular slot in the Draft.

Ross, a shortstop who has not yet played at a level above high school baseball, had an offer to attend the University of Michigan.  Prior to the July 13, 5 p.m. deadline, he said that money was ultimately driving his decision.

“If I get the money that I want, I will be playing for (the Pirates) for sure.”

Yet, he apparently did not get the money he wanted and is still stuck with playing for the Pirates.

Ross’ advisor through the process of being drafted and then negotiating his deal with the Pirates was Jeff Borris of Beverly Hills Sports Council (BHSC).  They had been using Ross’ Michigan scholarship as leverage, but the Pirates were not persuaded to up the ante.  On Friday (after the deadline), Ross said he felt like he wanted to play college ball.  Unfortunately for Ross, that no longer seems to be an option.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.