Monday, October 30, 2006
Based on the early reports, two changes to the CBA could significantly alter our Sox’s operations relative to other teams. The new stipulation that all non-college seniors have to sign by August 15th combined with better compensation for not inking a first-round draftee - picking immediately after the unsigned player’s slot in next year’s instead of after the first-round - will curtail the Sox financial advantage in the draft.
The two changes mentioned above will tip the scales in favor of the clubs when negoiating with amateurs. Most clubs will now value talent more than signability in their draft war rooms making it unlikely for the Sox to scoop up top ten college talent like Craig Hansen and Daniel Bard in the later end of the first-round any longer. The Sox draft day financial advantage has diminished.
More on the new CBA when the document becomes available, along with what problems they should have address – implementing a world-wide draft with the ability to trade draft picks, extending the non-waiver trading deadline, enchancing local revenue for small market teams by creating a MLB cable network.
Rest In Peace Arnold "Red" Auerbach. The man was simply a winner.