Tuesday, March 27, 2007
ESPN's Peter Gammons blogged that…
This is the way big-market teams should operate: One NL front-office executive says the Red Sox spent $13.5M in last June's draft, the Yankees spent $13M and the next biggest spender was at $5M.
The variance will be less in the future due to the new CBA, as I said back in October.
The new stipulations that:
1. all non-college seniors have to sign by August 15th,
2. unsigned first-round compensation is picking immediately after the unsigned player’s slot in next year’s instead of after the first-round
The two changes will tip the scales in favor of the clubs when negotiating 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 and MFY draft day financial advantage has diminished.
Both clubs should continue and focus even more on signing amateur international talent. Perhaps, even over paying for players to drive up the overall market, especially in countries that they do not have a strong presence.