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10-31-2011 08:19 PM #1
Draft-pick compensation for free agents also will change, with fewer restrictions on clubs that want to sign certain premier, or Type A, free agents. Some of those restrictions would ease immediately, sources say; other adjustments would take effect in 2012.
The union is concerned that all but the elite Type A free agents — players such as left-hander CC Sabathia and first basemen Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder — are devalued by the current system.
Draft-pick compensation was designed to reward teams that lost free agents, not inhibit the movement of such players. But clubs now value draft picks to a greater extent than they did when the system was created, making them less willing to sacrifice picks for certain free agents.
While the players who suffered the most harm in recent years were middle-inning relievers who achieved Type A status, sources say that the union also wants to protect certain others in this year’s free-agent class, including designated hitter David Ortiz, who is about to turn 36, and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is about to turn 33.
One obvious solution is to make the compensation for Type A picks similar to the compensation for Type B picks. Teams that lose such players receive a supplementary choice between the first and second rounds, but the signing teams do not forfeit picks.
To receive a pick under the new plan, one source said, a team might be required to make its free agent a qualifying offer — perhaps a set amount, perhaps a certain percentage more than his previous salary. The requirement of such an offer still could hurt a lesser Type A free agent; a team simply might choose to let him walk. But at least then that player would be free without the restriction of draft-pick compensation.
10-31-2011 08:30 PM #2
10-31-2011 08:42 PM #3
Call me crazy, but I wish baseball wasn't close to a deal. There are real inequities in this game, mostly between teams but I'm also not a fan of the guaranteed contracts. Either way, the lack of any strife between owners just shows me that they don't think the inequities are meaningful. They're content to watch Boston and NY run the league.
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