From MLB Trade Rumors Yesterday:
Commissioner Bud Selig discussed several topics in an interview with Chris Russo of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio today before Game 2 of the World Series. Here are some of the highlights:
- The issue of a hard slotting system for the draft is “really critical” for Selig. Buster Olney reported yesterday that Selig was unlikely to “dig in and fight” for slotting since doing so would prolong the labor negotiations.
This is very good news for the Yankees. Selig had made no secret for some time now that one of his top priorities for the new CBA would be to replace the current slot recommendations system (which has been holding costs down, although not completely) to a hard-slotting system, where there would be a prescribed signing bonus for each slot, and the player/team can either take it or leave it. It would hurt the Yankees considerably, since their draft strategy evolves around paying players in the late rounds the big bucks that other teams aren’t willing to pay. The Yankees would be forced to accept the quality that comes with drafting at the bottom of every round, which could eventually hurt their ability to contend every year.
I don’t think that I was alone in expecting the MLBPA to be willing to give up hard slotting, which only helps future union members, not current ones, in favor of forcing some other kind of concession from Selig. But it looks like the players are standing firm for their future members.
One other quick thought: any hard-slotting system really should be accompanied by the ability to trade draft picks. That way, teams like the Yankees would still have access to top talent, but at a market price.