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It wasn't even 15, 6 of those signed right at the deadline. So that's 9 and yes, that seems low to me. I guess the slotting and penalties remove a lot of negotiation possibilities that may have caused friction in the past.
Yeah, but if he is drafted and does not sign by the deadline he is no longer property of the team that drafts him. At that point he can no longer be drafted, assuming he finished his senior year and school and graduated.
Pirates Only Team Unable to Sign First-Round Draft Pick
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: July 14, 2012 ...
Pittsburgh was prepared to go as much as 5 percent above its threshold and incur the first level of penalty, a 75 percent tax on the overage.
"After much thought, prayer and analysis of both opportunities, I came to the conclusion the best decision is to remain at Stanford continuing my studies, finishing my degree, and doing all I can to assist the Cardinal baseball team in our goal to win a national championship," Appel said in a statement.
Because Appel did not sign, the Pirates will receive an extra first-round pick in next June's draft, the ninth selection over all. The Pirates also could gain an extra selection from baseball's first competitive balance draft, which will be held Wednesday in Secaucus, N.J.
The Pirates also could gain an extra selection from baseball's first competitive balance draft, which will be held Wednesday in Secaucus, N.J.
Then he can still get signed and have the Pirates pay for his last year of education.
Am I crazy for thinking that the Nationals might end up with the best player in 4 consecutive drafts?
Teams probably wouldn't try to force a way under slot amount on him if they picked him high
Yep, professional baseball players with $3.8 M in their pocket have trouble getting laid.
why would anyone pick appel number one?
why would anyone pick appel number one? after he finishes his senior year, he has NO leverage unless he intends to go play in japan and i doubt he'd get much of anything to go there.
Why wouldn't they? Whoever picks #1 could draft Appel, offer him $3M and, if he accepts, have around $4M to offer other picks over slot. If he doesn't accept, he would have to sit out a year and then go back into the draft the next year. Of course the team loses the $4M in over slot cash as well, but they would still get a pick the following year. The consequences of not signing next year seem worse for Appel than for the team drafting him.
If this was true, he didn't have to declare for the draft, right?
I just doubt that a team would use a top pick on a guy considered appropriate for that slot and then give him a seriously lowball offer just because he has no leverage. It would look pretty bad and I don't feel that teams would want that kind of bad press about their negotiating tactics. Teams will cheap out where they can and try to control costs but they don't like being singled out as the only bad guys around.
As Appel can sit out the deadline as a senior, would you sign those guys not knowing where you're at with him? He would have leverage to hurt you like hell. Spending 15% over slot means losing two first-round draft picks.
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