Monday, May 10, 2010

Slotted Draft Poll Results

Hey everyone, sorry for another kind of weak week of blog posts. Luckily the semester is almost over.
Anyway as has come a pretty regular Monday activity around here, here are the results from last week's poll:

Do you think the MLB should force teams to only pay slotted amounts to draft picks to increase parity?
Yes 8 (61%)

No 5 (38%)

As some of you may know, Bug Selig's Special Committee has had discussions about making it so that teams could not pay over certain amounts for picks in the draft, depending on where they are drafted. It seems that the majority of you, although deifnitely not a strong majority, seem to be interested in this system being implemented. I think I'll list the basic arguments for each system as I see it now.

Arguments for forcing teams to pay slotted amounts:
-Teams with less money will definitely be able to sign high draft picks. The Royals frequently shy away from the players who should really be taken high in the draft because of the amount of money they demand. Sometimes players slip extremely far to big-market teams because of their demands (Clay Buchholz is the first person that comes to mind).
-As is kind of suggested above, big market teams will not have a draft advantage. The draft is intended to award the best players to the teams with the worst records so they can improve over time. The way the system works now, that isn't really happening, especially for teams like the Royals and the Pirates.

Arguments for keeping things the way they are:
-The Tampa Bay Rays and the Florida Marlins. The Rays and Marlins, despite having two of the loewst payrolls in the majors, are perennial contenders as of late, and always seem to manage to grab good players in the draft. This appear in large part to be due to their scouting, since they don't sign too many players for ludicrous amounts of money, they just grab undervalued players who seem to develop really well. Of course, both of these teams are also helped by some brilliant non-draft front office moves (Carlos Pena for the Rays, and Hanley Ramirez for the Marlins).
-Many argue that there is plenty of parity in the game today, especially since even in a big market dominated division like the AL East, there have been three different AL East champions the last three years. This is indicative of things all over the major leagues, as most divisions (with the exception of the AL West) don't seem to be dominated by any one team when looking at the last 10 years or so.

Personally, I'd like to see this plan implemented, because I thinkt he way the draft works is unfair to small market teams, because the deeper pockets of big market teams are making it so they essentially get the players that the smaller-market, perenially losing teams are really supposed to get.
It should be noted that a change like this would have to be implemented after 2011, when a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has to be made with the Player's Union. Should be interesting to see what the Union's resposne is to something like this. It's somethign that means players make less money, so I can see it being a challenge for Selig.

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