“Significant” Changes to the Draft Coming and Other Bullets

Another busy November Monday (was there this much news in prior Novembers and I slacked, or is this genuinely the newsy-rumoriest November in years? I’m thinking the latter). Plenty of Lukewarm Stove bits and another excellent front office hire will be discussed later, among other things. Until then, bullets…

  • Ken Rosenthal reports that the long-running collective bargaining agreement fight over changes to how teams spend on the draft is at a close or very near it. According to Rosenthal, “the new deal is expected to include significant restraints on the amount of money teams spend on draft picks and significant changes in draft-pick compensation for free agents.” As a team newly-wont to spend greatly on the draft – and with a front office who creatively takes advantage of draft-pick compensation – these changes could be harmful to the Cubs. Until we see what the changes actually are, however, it’s hard to say how harmful.
  • Another one of those these-are-the-Cubs-managerial-candidates writeups. This, from Carrie Muskat, gives a few paragraphs on each candidate – Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum, Mike Maddux, and Sandy Alomar, Jr.
  • Patrick Mooney discusses the Cubs’ new statistically-inclined bent, despite pleas from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer that it’s not all about the quantitative side of the game. Mooney looks at each of the Cubs’ four managerial candidates’ responses to questions about their approach to using statistics.
  • I noted last week that Dale Sveum was getting a second interview with the Boston Red Sox, and it looks like that will happen as soon as Tuesday. He’ll meet with Red Sox owner John Henry, so it’s fair to say he’s a finalist for that job.
  • A couple of write-ups on the charity event this weekend attended by Theo Epstein and a few other baseball executives (raising funds for Hurricane Irene victims in Vermont). One focuses on Epstein’s relationship with Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman, who says he’s learned to be “very, very wary” of dealing with Epstein (which he meant as a compliment), and another is a more thin take on the event.
  • Two sources told the AP that the sale of the Houston Astros to Jim Crane is on the agenda at this week’s owners meetings, to be voted on Thursday. The deal is believed to include an agreement by Crane to move the Astros to the American League, beginning with the 2013 season.
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51 responses to ““Significant” Changes to the Draft Coming and Other Bullets”

  1. Stinky Pete

    So I have never seen it written, printed or what have you that with the Astros going AL, that means 15 teams in each league which means constant interleague, albeit 1 or 3 series at a time.  Is this correct?  Just making sure this is an unspoken truth of the move.

    1. Luke

      15 teams in each league and daily interleague play would be the result of the Astros moving. The new schedule is expected to be heavily weighted towards in-division play as well.

      1. Stinky Pete

        18 against each division team and 6 against each team in other divisions in league and 6 against each team in one division of opposite league.  Unless we get hung up on “rivalry” nonsense.

        1. fearbobafett

          Pretty sure i read that the players union was against the “rivalry” stuff and wanted a schedule that was consistant for the division as a whole – every team plays the same teams in the other league.

          I would be more for this as it would rotate around the divisions each season with home-homes, so you can see those other teams in your part every 3 seasons.

      2. Internet Random

        This seems like a good time to remind everyone—in case anybody has forgotten—how much I hate the designated-hitter rule.

        1. Stinky Pete

          +1.  Hell, My wife and I discussed it.  I’m going to count her, too.  +2

        2. CubFan Paul

          N.L. teams dont “build” their teams with DHs, so when N.L. teams have to play in A.L. parks their lineups are at a disadvantage – its not a fair game

          i hate the DH but with more interleague play, the N.L. should just adopt it because stronger A.L. teams will give N.L. teams losses that’ll hurt them in the loss column

          1. hansman1982

            I used to think that was true but not anymore.

            Now NL and AL teams will have to pay someone big bucks to play half the games as every team will play 81 games in a DH park and 81 games in a non-DH park.  MLB may be seeing this as a way for them to have their cake and eat it as well.

            At the end of the day I think the players union will put up a fuss as the DH’s start getting paid less and the NL will have the DH sometime around 2020.

            1. CubFan Paul

              wha?! there’s gonna be 81 interleague games?? that cant be right, either way, adding more interleague games are stupid, in my opinion ..theres 2 different leagues with different lineups for a reason ..ugh

              1. Stinky Pete

                Only 30 interleague games by my reasoning.

                1. hansman1982

                  yup, my bad – not sure wha tI was smoking

                  Since my math has be corrected the DH is coming to the NL MUCH sooner…2015.

                  1. dreese

                    I really hope you are wrong, I hever want to see a DH in the NL. Why cant the AL just drop the DH?

  2. Ian Afterbirth

    Theo cares about the floods in my state!!!!!!

    <swoon>

  3. Vinestal

    Via Twitter from Buster Olney:
    “Some of the broad strokes discussed in labor agreement: Ceilings for draft bonuses based on recommendations of first 10 rounds. No team required to adhere to individual slot recommendations. If team surpasses 10-round ceiling, would be taxed 1st time. On 2nd offense of surpassing draft ceiling, team would lose a top pick. Also: 1st-rd. compensation to disappear; negotiations in progress. One source says there are a handful of issues still pending, but that the talks are at “the 10-yard-line.” Nothing finalized, but it appears MLB will get a system that tamps down draft cost; veteran FAs won’t have to deal with compensation issue.”
    All of which seemed pretty confusing to me. So teams are not required to adhere to individual slot requirements but they will be taxed or lose picks for breaking the ceiling on picks? Isn’t that essentially implementing a cap on bonuses thus creating slotting? This is bad news for teams looking to pick up hard to sign players in later rounds. It just means a lot more players will go to college.

    1. hansman1982

      The way I read it is that the cap only applies to the first 10 rounds and teams like the Cubs will simply wait to draft the guys who need a bigger signing bonus until rounds 11 and later.  This is really going to hurt teams like the Rays whom amass insane amounts of picks in the first 10 rounds.

      Basically this is going to shift the Dunston’s and Gretsky’s of the world into the 11th round and later.

      1. ari gold

        I was going to post the same comment. Instead of Vogelbach going in the 2nd round, it’s very possible he would now slip to the 11th round or later. Will need to stick more closely to slot recommendations in rounds 1-10.

    2. Spencer

      Sounds like there will be slot recommendations for the first ten rounds.  If teams exceed that recommendation, its a “bonus” for the player.  There’s X amount of money allotted for bonuses in the first ten rounds, and if teams exceed that allotted amount for the first ten rounds only, then they get taxed, or lose a pick.  I don’t think that will necessarily affect the Cubs (or any team) in a negative way.  Execs will just have to take a closer look at which picks in the first 10 rounds they want to pursue hard, and at which guys they want to just offer the slot recommendation.

  4. Vinestal

    It would seem they are trying to cap the total amount you can spend on the draft as a whole and not the amount per slot. Which seems odd. So I guess teams with only later round picks (good teams) will have more to spend later than the teams with higher round picks since they have to pay those players higher amounts. Its not real clear how they plan to handle draft compensation for free agents yet, I’m anxious to see how that is going to play out.

  5. fearbobafett

    If it is just a 10 round system (assuming the 1st 10 rounds) teams like the cubs can still spend millions to get guys rounds 11+. Going to just end up being more cat-mouse games between agents and teams in regards to he will be a tough sign.