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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

MLB Targeting International Draft As Soon As 2020

Major League Baseball is discussing a 20-round international draft concept, with a goal of implementing the draft as soon as 2020, with 2021 another possibility.

MLB officials met yesterday with international club personnel in Miami and told them that owners are in support on an international draft and want it in place as soon as possible. MLB solicited feedback from international scouting officials on its draft concept, so a lot of the specifics—including the number of rounds, when a draft would begin and other details—are still likely to change.

An international draft is subject to collective bargaining with the MLB Players’ Association, so once MLB finalizes an internal proposal, the union would need to sign off. The two sides are currently in midterm bargaining over the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which runs through the end of the 2021 season.

Based on what MLB told team personnel yesterday, the most recent draft concept would be 20 rounds, with teams allowed to trade picks. Every pick would have a hard slot value, so if a team drafts a player and the slot value is $1 million, that player would sign for $1 million. Picks in the top three rounds would be protected for clubs, so if a team drafted a player in one of those rounds who didn’t sign, it would potentially receive compensation in the following year’s draft.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 11:47 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 17, 2019 at 05:19 PM (#5862699)
But aren't all the 16-year-olds that would be drafted in 2021 already "signed" as 14-year-olds?
   2. PreservedFish Posted: July 17, 2019 at 05:39 PM (#5862709)
Yes. It would really screw up the tacit rulebreaking system they have in place, for at least a handful of years.

What I really wonder is how it shakes out for the kid prospects. First they had the buscones taking care of them, now they get secretly signed and hidden at team instructional camps for years - what happens to them now, with a draft?
   3. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 07:04 PM (#5862731)
Every pick would have a hard slot value, so if a team drafts a player and the slot value is $1 million, that player would sign for $1 million.


This could be huge. There's been a lot of money thrown at international players, I've got to assume this is really going to limit what the top players could have gotten in years past.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 07:25 PM (#5862737)
But aren't all the 16-year-olds that would be drafted in 2021 already "signed" as 14-year-olds?

Yes. It would really screw up the tacit rulebreaking system they have in place, for at least a handful of years.

So what? Illicit contracts with minors shouldn't be enforced anyway.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 18, 2019 at 12:32 AM (#5862784)
Why does MLB need an International Draft, rather than just opening the regular draft to players outside the U.S.? The answer, as always, seems to be to further depress the cost of labor. An International Draft might well violate current or future anti-trust laws of some countries, so it could get interesting. I’d expect some resistance from the MLBPA, although they might well trade off an International Draft for something that more directly benefits current MLB players. However, to the extent that the MLBPA has now concluded that the low cost of young players contributes to making older players less valuable, or even expendable, they might take a hard line. They certainly should.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: July 18, 2019 at 07:18 AM (#5862797)
So what? Illicit contracts with minors shouldn't be enforced anyway.

I agree. Just saying that it would cause a lot of confusion for teams.
   7. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: July 20, 2019 at 07:08 PM (#5863524)
Illicit contracts with minors shouldn't be enforced anyway.

Oh, you sweet summer child...

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