Pirates lure Jesuit slugger Bell away from UT

The Associated Press reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates gave a $5 million deal to second-round pick Josh Bell, the slugging outfielder from Dallas Jesuit who had said he was committed to attending the University of Texas.

The deal was struck just before Monday night's deadline to sign draft picks.

"After the draft, we had the opportunity to sit down with Josh and his family and let him know what our organization is about and how we operate," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Monday. "We made it clear that we would really like him to be part of our organization. We left with the idea that they were open-minded and that if we were able to reach a financial agreement that both sides were comfortable with that he would be willing to begin his professional career with us."

Bell slipped to the second round because he sent a letter to major league teams telling them not to draft him because he was determined to enroll at Texas. He wound up with a larger deal than many first-rounders received.

He hit .538 with 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 54 runs scored his senior year at Jesuit.