Ten Biggest Surprises from MLB's First-Year Player Signing Deadline

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Ten Biggest Surprises from MLB's First-Year Player Signing Deadline

A few weeks before the 2011 MLB draft took place, an ever-talented outfielder from Texas named Josh Bell sent a letter to all 30 Major League teams.

The letter detailed his desire to attend college at the University of Texas, something he and his family had wanted for a long time, especially his mother, who is a professor at the school. Draft day came, and 29 teams respected his wishes, with most passing on him at least once. Then one team came calling and tabbed him.

A little more than two months later, the Pittsburgh Pirates are thanking their lucky stars it only took $5 million to sign the youngster, who was regarded by many as the top hitter in the draft class aside from Anthony Rendon.

Such is the way of the MLB draft and its ludicrous signing deadline.

Full of surprises, questionable decision-making and loads of second-guessing.

The Pirates made by far the biggest splash by signing Bell, but they weren't the only team pulling something out of its hat or out from its sleeve.

Here are the top 10 biggest surprises from yesterday's signing deadline.

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