There is no international draft of MLB … at least for now.
On Monday, when the two sides reached an agreement, the Major League Baseball Players Association formally rejected MLB’s final proposal for an international draft. This is a spillover decision not only for young international players, but also for some of MLB’s imminent tops. Free contract player. After all, part of the negotiations was that the qualifying offer would return to the table this winter if it couldn’t trade in the draft.
What does that mean for free agents? Or for future discussions on international drafts? What did both sides find in common? What was your commitment?
ESPN MLB expert Alden Gonzalez addresses important questions.
What does it mean for players to return to the qualifying offer?
This represents ongoing concern over the upper middle class segment of free agents, whose market has been significantly constrained by qualified offer systems in recent years. A quick review: Free agents who spend the entire season in one team and have never received eligible offers for a year at the start of the off-season, which is equivalent to the average salary of 125 MLB top-income earners. You can bid on the contract. A 10-day window to accept the offer and return to the previous team or challenge the free agent.
The majority of players reject the offer-only 6 out of 45 players have accepted the qualifying offer in the last 5 years-and many players are affected by teams that avoid MLB draft penalties Looking at the options. Teams given $ revenue sharing abandon the third highest pick, while teams that exceed the luxury tax abandon the second and fifth highest picks and lose $ 1 million in draft pool space. ..
The best free agents (Freddie Freeman, Gerrit Cole, Bryce Harper, etc.) are barely affected. But those who live in the layers below them are often. In recent years, the list has included Mike Moustakas, Kendrys Morales, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel and others.
Who are the QOs most likely to affect this winter?
Aaron Judge, Zanderbogarts, Joe Musgrove, Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson, JD Martinez, Clayton Kershaw, Jacob DeGrom, Chris Bassitt, Taijuan Walker, Carlos Rodon, Edwin Diaz, Brandon Nimmo, Josh Bell , Jameson Tyrone, Trea Mancini.
Judges, Bogaerts, Musgrove and Turner will make a lot of money regardless. Perhaps Swanson, given his position. And if he proves to be healthy, DeGrom. Kershaw will probably sign another short-term, high-value deal with either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Texas Rangers. Everyone else may feel the effect of the qualifying offer.
Given the high penalties for draft topics for teams that exceed luxury tax, there is also concern that the qualifying offer system will further impede spending. The draft topic return for those who lose a player who rejects an eligible offer also depends on their revenue and salary.
What were the main open issues regarding the international draft proposal? What did they agree with?
They agreed that the first round would be performed in either Miami or the Dominican Republic. That would have been special. They agreed that the drafted players would be given money for education, even though MLBPA set a minimum of $ 10,000 and MLB had it for $ 5,000. Near the end, MLB agreed with an aspect of the first proposal that MLBPA considered to be inherently discriminatory. This was primarily done by eliminating interruptions in positive drug tests and making pre-draft physical examinations an option.
Other than that … not all.
As always, the big gap was money.
The MLBPA has 30 teams spending on players in domestic drafts (the union predicts well over $ 300 million by 2024) and internationally spending on players (170 million during last year’s signature period). I think the gap with (less than the dollar) is too wide. So they set it at $ 260 million for the top 600 international players and the slots acted as a minimum.
MLB believes in the gap should do it International players are signed at the age of 16 so they have a wider range. This is in contrast to most of the 18-21 year olds that come out of domestic drafts. Therefore, uncertainty increases. The league’s final offer guaranteed $ 191 million for 600 slots in the first international draft of 2024 and sold as an increase of more than $ 30 million from the most recent signing period.
MLBPA didn’t believe that was enough.
There were other areas where MLB did not meet MLBPA requirements-a lever to increase the bonus pool if international signatures fell below certain thresholds, and a $ 10 million annual commitment from the Commissioner’s office. The Foundation Needed-But the slot value was a big gap.
What will happen next?
In the words of a team executive with a lot of experience in the international market, “the same system is ruined until the next CBA.”
Despite the lack of transactions, both sides agree: the current international market needs to change.
According to sources familiar with the process, it’s all rooted in a team that makes early deals with a 13-year-old player. Extensive practice consists of a rampant performance-enhancing drug, a trainer that absorbs up to half of a player’s bonus, a team that abuses young players by skimming the bonus, or a team that eliminates the bonus altogether. A system has been created to describe. We will formally sign the contract.
MLB argues that the only way to get rid of corruption is to eliminate most early transactions and implement a draft that further regulates the international market. Many executives, coaches and agents with knowledge of the internal mechanics of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela agree, but many believe that the impact is not as great as MLB believes.
MLBPA believes that, reflecting the ideas of many players, MLB has not done enough to identify and punish teams that do not follow the rules already set. In March, shortly after the new collective bargaining agreement was signed, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said, “The challenges are primarily related to check reductions, in other words, individuals involved in corruption. Is seeing that corruption happen. “
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league “spent millions of dollars investigating allegations of illegal activity” while talking to the media after the June owners’ meeting.
“Our efforts to curb corruption in the Dominican Republic are ongoing and in the military,” Manfred added. “It’s the people who wrote the checks, and it’s easy to say they’re engaged in corruption, but someone is taking the checks, right?”
When the current CBA expires after the 2026 season, an international draft will be published again. In the meantime, there are five international signing periods, including this year. In the meantime, both sides need to work together to find a way to reduce corruption.
What is the solution here?
Transparency, trust, open communication-what we have certainly never seen from both sides in recent years. Both sides said on Monday that they were right. League officials said they were “happy to hear” the idea from the union. Trade union officials said both sides “still can work” to make changes to the current international system. This is what Clark raised in Los Angeles last week.
“There is no doubt that the dialogue will continue,” Clark said for the All-Star game. “And what’s fascinating is that if there are no deals to be made in the international draft, we made a proposal during negotiations that did not include the international draft focused on dealing with the corruption you just talked about. You have the opportunity to have a conversation for the exact reason you are raising. Until now I was not very interested in having that conversation. It is just a draft, a draft, a draft, otherwise it is another I didn’t really focus on that, but if I don’t find something in common, I’m ready to discuss how to deal with those issues. “
Time will tell.