What?, The Commissioner Has A Good Idea?

The signing deadline is come
and gone.  Of the thirty-two first
round selections, all but two signed. 
HS LHP Matt Purke, will attend Texas Christian University instead of
signing with the Rangers, and HS CF LeVon Washington will attend Stanford
University, turning  down an
opportunity to play for the Rays. 
RHP Aaron Crow decided to delay his career again.  The twenty-nine first-rounders who
signed will each receive an average of $2.46 million in bonus money.


After the deadline passed,
Commisioner Selig stated that he has a plan for a revised draft, “There’s
no question in my mind, in 2011, certainly a [hard] slotting system and a
worldwide draft are things we will be very aggressive in talking about,”
, said Selig. 
The plan would be discussed at the next CBA (collective bargaining


Selig’s plan, if accepted at the next CBA,
would be put into action at the 2012 Draft, and could solve a large part of
baseball’s financial gap.  While
the teams with the worst records are conceivably given the first chance at the
best players, their selections are often financially motivated, fearing that a
top player would not wish to sign with a bad team unless blown away with a
top-dollar offer.  One example of
this is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ selection of RHP Brian Bullington first overall
in the 2002 draft, over players such as BJ Upton, Scott Kazmir, and Zack
Greinke.  That is the problem that
a hard slotting system would help. 
As for the world draft idea, it would be a blessing to poorer teams, as
they consistently lose out on top prospects in the international market because
of money demands.  Selig’s two
ideas, if both approved by the MLBPA, could fix baseball’s broken draft.  So I guess “Bud” Selig actually had a
good idea after all.


  1. juliasrants

    It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. One thing that I would like to see addressed is the young age that these players are drafted and signed. Many are demanding huge signing bonus on future potential and not based on current ability. No one can predict the future – so why should baseball teams have to pay for it?


    • paintingtheblack

      Julia-It amazes me that these HS players think they deserve so much. A lot of the time, esp. in the international market, I don’t blame the 16-year-old for taking the money, I blame the teams for starting it all.

  2. TribeTed

    The 2002 draft was a good one. Why are players demanding higher pay? I would love to play for the love of the game. Not for money. If that is all these idiots care about then I wouldn’t dare to sign them. Except Bryce Harper, i would always sign him. 🙂

  3. thatbaseballguy

    I agree with Selig’s idea. I wrote about the topic a couple days ago. I think that top players should sign with the team that drafted them because if they don’t, they will just get drafted by another bad team the next year, most likely. It’s a whole cycle and there is some chance that you will eventually play for a good team some time in your career. You have to start somewhere.

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