View Full Version : Draft picks info

10-27-2002, 11:06 PM

I've heard that the draft changes negotiated in the new Basic Agreement have been dropped. What's the scoop on that?

Answer: When the MLBPA and the owners negotiated a new agreement this summer, they supposedly agreed on a new structure for the draft. Free agent compensation with draft picks was eliminated, but teams that failed to sign a first-round pick would now be compensated with a pick in the same slot the next year.

But when the two sides got together in September to put the agreement on paper and get everything all signed and legalized, they found that they disagreed on what they'd agreed to in the countdown before the strike date (is that clear enough?). Unable to resolve the issue quickly, they decided to buck the whole idea of draft changes, including a possible world draft, to a committee for further study. The old draft rules have been restored for 2003, and possibly longer, depending on what happens with said committee.