International Draft Newsbeat
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
MLB will contain costs for international players. It’s going to happen. The draft, however, seems like a really bad way of doing it.
“The focus is on that next generation of players,” Rosario said. “Just like we benefitted from having the opportunity, we feel that the next generation deserves to have the same opportunity that we did.”
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Teams blast past their international pools but don’t blast past their First-Year Player Draft. Why? Although I can see how making the international pools higher could be a fix, I bet losing draft picks in the First-Year Draft besides losing future international pools would be an effective drag on international spending without introducing disincentives for international trainers.
Raising the bonus pools to $12 million each creates a bigger opportunity cost for teams that exceed their pool. If you break your pool under this scenario, that’s two years where you lose out on the ability to tap into a $12 million pool rather than a $2-3 million pool for most teams in the current system. The Yankees could spend $18 million on bonuses again, but why do that when they could spread out $12 million per year over three years?
To further dissuade teams from going over their pools, MLB could increase the penalties for teams that go over. A higher overage tax, decreasing the bonus limit for the following two signing periods from $300,000 to $100,000 and limiting their total pool allotment in those two periods from $12 million to $2 million would all create stronger deterrents. These are just a few ideas—MLB could start from scratch and re-think the penalties altogether.
Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, November 11, 2016
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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Ben Badler makes the case against raising the international minimum signing age to 18.
There will still be some Latin American players who can get to the majors at 21 and hit free agency still at their traditional peak years, but raising the signing age from 16 to 18 reduces the number of them who will. That hurts players in the union—and not just Latin American players. While international amateur players aren’t in the union, the players’ association would be smart to push back against raising the signing age to 18 because of the long-term impact it will have on union members.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Last week, in protest of Major League Baseball’s plan to implement an international amateur draft, Dominican prospects and their trainers boycotted an annual MLB showcase event. This forced Major League Baseball to cancel the workout, after briefly considering bringing in replacement players (because idiots will never learn).
This week, just by coincidence, Baseball America’s Ben Badler (who is all over this story, and who you should follow) reports that Major League Baseball has called several of these players in for surprise drug tests. All prospects are drug tested before they sign any contracts, though that, according to Badler, those tests don’t usually happen until the year the player signs. Given that these prospects won’t be eligible to sign until next July, Badler says, this is an odd request, “Given the timing, the decision to test players could be retaliation for the protest, raising further questions about the way the commissioner’s office uses its power and treats Latin American amateur players.”
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League Baseball’s push to implement an international draft.
The kicker: Major League Baseball explored bringing in lesser prospects to serve as replacement players for the showcase
Thursday, October 20, 2016
While the current labor agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association is set to expire in early December, don’t expect a strike or lockout to occur, that according to sources who would not speak on record but are close to the details.
As to when the deal may be announced, it would benefit both the league and union to have it occur prior to free agency, which starts shortly after the end of the World Series on Nov. 2nd.
The current five-year CBA was reached on Nov. 22, 2011, but prior to that, the 2006 labor deal was collectively announced by then commissioner Bud Selig and MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr on Oct 24 during the World Series. While sources would not say, it is possible that the labor deal could be announced during this year’s Fall Classic or very shortly after.
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