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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Commissioner Rob Manfred wants international draft

New Commissioner Rob Manfred, who visited Indians players Tuesday morning, said the situation has convinced him for the need of a worldwide draft. Manfred talked about that and several other subjects Tuesday.

Manfred believes MLB leveled the playing field regarding the amateur draft in the last negotiations with the players association when a slotting system was introduced for the first 10 rounds of the draft.

“It re-established the principal purpose of the draft, in that the weakest team had the ability to get the best talent at an affordable price,” said Manfred. “Frankly, we thought we made progress on the international side in terms of caps and penalties we put in place.

“Two years into the deal we felt pretty good about where we were. So what happened?”

The thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba happened.

“With the relaxation that’s taken place with respect of Cuban players it has put a stress test on that international system,” said Manfred. “Frankly, it’s proved wanting. I am of the view that at some point, for the good of the game, for the good of competitive balance, we are going to have an international draft.”


 

 

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