Amateur News: No More Undrafted Signing Cap, International Draft Negotiations, Lawsuit Settled
There were a trio of major baseball news developments this weekend that, thanks to the Draft, the double-header, and the Juan Soto scrambling, I haven’t had a chance to share.
And with Day Two of the Draft looming, I’m just gonna hit them quickly. But these are all really notable items …
I’ll start with the one most draft-related:
Thank goodness this is back, because the Cubs had historically been aggressive in this space (relative to other clubs), and those new limits had kinda removed a lot of the incentive for undrafted players to sign. Hopefully the Cubs will once again be aggressive with the six-figure bonuses for their preferred targets.
Next up, the International Draft, which isn’t yet a thing:
The newsy bit there is that the sides are still negotiating, but are still – predictably – far apart on the dollars. Remember: if they don’t figure this out by July 25, then the current system stays in place, and the Qualifying Offer system stays in place, too.
Lastly, the long-time minor leaguer minimum wage/overtime lawsuit against MLB has finally been settled:
It is not a coincidence, in my view, that as soon as MLB’s federal antitrust exemption started getting seriously threatened, they moved quickly to settle this suit. In theory, settling this suit does not end possible political efforts to close the antitrust exemption, but in practical effect, it might.