New CBA brings several player changes for player development

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  1. DBurchHero

    DBurchHero TheGreedyPinstripes Staff Member Administrator

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    As we head into the holiday, I was planning to do a big feature on the blog on some of the changes I consider to be pretty monumental when it comes to the draft and player development brought about in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    But, Baseball America beat me to it, and did a wonderful job at that. So, I will link to their article here and encourage you to read it.
    But I will bring to your attention some of the major points I wanted to make, most of which involve how the draft will be conducted next June.
    -There is no hard slotting for players picked in the draft, but there will be a sort-of salary cap that teams will be expected to abide by once they start signing players after the draft.
    Teams will be told how much money they can spend by the league — a number that will be determined by how many picks a team has in the first 10 rounds and where those picks are located (the “budget” will be different for every team, as I understand it). Teams can spend whatever they like on whomever they like, but the total amount they spend on draft picks can not exceed that number.
    If teams don’t pay attention and spend what they wish to spend — and I’m looking at the New York Yankees here — there are strict penalties that will be doled out. Go as high as 5 percent over, you pay a 75 percent tax. Go more than 5 percent over, you pay the 75 percent tax and lose your first round pick the next year.
    Personally, I’m not sold on whether this is going to work. I think we’ll end up seeing more players go to college at the start. I also think we’ll end up seeing more players regret that decision over the long haul. I can’t imagine organizations won’t spend to get a high school prospect they really like, because spending might be all that keeps them out of college. Well, that money has to come out of the budget from somewhere now. My guess is that it will mean slightly less money for college players down the road. After all, the high school players are the ones with the alternative. If college players want to become pros, it’s pretty much a take-it-or-leave-it proposition once they become juniors or seniors.
    -There will be a similar signing system in place for international signings, with the budget and taxes and other penalties for exceeding it. This, I think will be good for the game. Give the small market teams a chance at some of the decent international players, too. Teams like the Phillies have been raiding the international markets for years. It was the benefit of great scouting and development academies, obviously. But I think smaller-market teams were kind of priced out of that market a bit. This gets them back in.
    -The signing deadline for draftees has been pushed back to mid-July. It used to be mid-August. Who does this help? The short-season leagues, which will now get plenty of prospects that would normally have waited until mid-August to see if it could get an extra few bucks from the organizations that took them.
    -One I’m particularly interested in: Drafted players will no longer be able to sign major league deals. Everyone taken through the draft must sign a minor league deal now. Obviously, the biggest-name Yankees prospect that signed a major league deal out of the draft was Andrew Brackman. See where that got him?

    http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/yankees/
     
  2. AllHailTheEmpire

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    What are your thoughts on this? IMO this hurts the Yankees. Picking at the end of the draft very year means that our allotment of money will be lower than everyone else's based on the new CBA. Also, having one of the best records in the league also precludes us from having much money to spend on IFAs. We will likely always be close to the 1.8 million figure, as opposed to the 5 million other teams will get. Hopefully, our scouting is that good that we still end up signing some of the top players to our minor league teams. I worry, however, that it may lead to us again acquiring most of our talent through free agency and trades, which is what many feel was the reason we had such a long time in between world series victories in the 2000's. We simply won't have the capacity to acquire these players that other teams will have, unless we blatantly disregard the rules every year, which is entirely possible.

    To clarify, I doubt if these new CBA restrictions will hurt the Yankees that much. I worry that our farm system won't be as fun as it has been in recent years to follow though. I guess only time will tell.
     
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    We have to see this play out before jumping to conclusions. It's hard to have an opinion without seeing the impact, in my opinion.
     
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    Right, but I am speculating on the impact. It's just my opinion, I think it hurts the Yankees more than it helps them. I could end up being wrong, but this is just my gut reaction based on what I have read. If nothing else this new CBA certainly forces the Yankees to spend less than other teams in the draft and on IFA.
     
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    And to be fair, I haven't jumped to any conclusions, I have only said what might happen with these changes. I did say it depends a lot on just how good the Yankees scouts are.
     
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    Yeah I wasn't saying you were jumping to conclusions, per se. I was literally stating my opinion. In my mind MLB is a business. Its bad for business for the Yankees not to be good. So in my mind MLB has some kind of loophole or something where this won't hurt the Yankees that much.

    That's why I want to see this play out more...
     
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    I suppose so, but remember, the Yankees are one of 30 teams in the league. Those front offices are going to act in their own rationalized self-interest, although some may be more in line with the Yankees than with the smaller market teams.
     
  8. DBurchHero

    DBurchHero TheGreedyPinstripes Staff Member Administrator

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    I can really see this hurting us too, at least for the foreseeable future. No more guys with signability questions falling to us when we have no reason to be signing them.

    The thing is though this hurts the players and the sport as a whole more then anything. Half the guys that were getting drafted and signed are going to be signed unless they somehow becomes free agents and are able to be signed without the draft. I could see them having to sit out a season or something though before that would be possible..
     
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    Agreed. It sucks for the international free agents too. The good thing is $100,000 in these areas pretty much hooks up a family for like 10 years. $500,000 pretty muchs sets them for life though. Those $500,000 signings will be much more rare now. Also, the baseball academies there seem to provide educational opportunities not available to the general public, which can be a major selling point as well. As far as the guys who are getting drafted from America, I do have a lot of trouble feeling bad for someone who gets $250,000 on the spot plus a yearly salary to play a game. On the other hand, I can see where this might detract a lot of people from playing baseball, especially out of high school. People will realize that they will need a backup plan because if baseball doesn't work out, they won't have much left when it's all said and done and their career is over. The MLB may miss out on a lot of talent that way.
     
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    DBurchHero TheGreedyPinstripes Staff Member Administrator

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    Well im sure you could compile a huge list of people who would have, and we're all guessing but like you said they would be pretty damn good educated guesses, gone to play football, basketball, hockey, etc instead of coming to baseball. AJax was drafted in like the 8th round for big money to leave basketball...
     

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