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Friday, July 08, 2022

MLB, MLBPA remain far apart in international draft negotiations as July 25 deadline looms, per report

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association remain “very far apart” on negotiations concerning the implementation and format of an international draft, according to ESPN’s Alden González. The two sides deferred on the issue in March when they reached a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That deferral came with a deadline, however, and that deadline (July 25) is now just weeks away.

González notes that the league originally offered a 20-round draft with hard slotting, with $181 million going toward draftees and a $20,000 limit on free agents. The union countered with a 20-round proposal that includes no cap on individual slots, with a request for $260 million going toward draftees, and a $40,000 limit on free agents.

For those keeping score, that means the two sides are $79 million apart in the total draft bonus pool size, as well as $20,000 off on the free-agent limit. They also disagree about the hard-slotting aspect.

Should the two sides fail to reach agreement on an international draft format by the deadline, then the qualifying offer and free-agent compensation systems will remain in place. If the sides do come to terms on an international draft format, then the qualifying offer and free-agent compensation will go away.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2022 at 04:37 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 08, 2022 at 08:13 PM (#6086025)
Although some here insist the union only cares about its current members, here's an example of the union pushing for better outcomes for non-members even though settling this and getting rid of the QO and compensation would only be to their benefit plus less money going to these guys might mean more money available for their members.

I assume we'll see compromise here ... say $210 M plus a $35,000 cap. The owners really don't have much to fight for on the FA cap -- it's not a $40 K minimum so you can still sign like 40 of these guys before it's more than a decimal place in the bottom line -- and the players ain't gonna get $260 M and don't have much incentive to push really hard for it.
   2. John Northey Posted: July 09, 2022 at 07:21 PM (#6086117)
I doubt the $20 vs $40k spread will matter for the post 20th round picks, same with the hard slotting vs teams being able to spread around ala the current draft. The big question is the raw dollars for those bonuses. Lots of reasons for both sides to find a compromise, but will they is the question. If they do then I really hope the ability to trade picks at any time is kept as is the near random order so it isn't based on a teams record. Would be interesting to see which teams try to grab extra picks in trades, and who is willing to dump their picks for meh minor leaguers.

As a Jays fan I love how they have taken full advantage of better on the ground knowledge to get guys like their 2 catchers - Kirk & Moreno who both signed the same year for sub $30k each iirc. Picture them trading for first and second round picks to allow them to get ahold of more Vlad types, or just grabbing tons of 10th round picks to build up on the guys like Kirk & Moreno.

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