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I have to say, I'm pretty surprised that Correa's agent was willing to let him sign for 2/3 of the slot amount. I'd think they'd have a fair amount of leverage to go above that.
The team's draft day war room included a draft board charting prospects by how likely they were to sign. The Nationals called prospects each round with a set bonus figure in mind and asked if they would accept. “If it was a ‘no,’ we passed,” Kline said. “If they were hesitant at all, we passed. You just have to....We had to do our due diligence with signability with everybody with the new system in place, because you have limitations. There’s certain guys that were requiring too much money.”
According to MLBTradeRumors, Brewers and Mets also signed their first round picks already.
Which seems really weird and not exactly the best way to go about things, but is a consequence of the new system. I wonder if other teams did the same thing (presumably yes, or a version).
I hated the August 15 staring contest that kept kids out of baseball from the end of their college/high school season and spring training or maybe some sort of fall ball.
Much of that was caused by Selig and not the date itself. He "suggested" to teams that were going to sign players for near or over the recommended slot value that they wait until the last day to sign the deal, so that other players couldn't use those deals in negotiations.
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