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  • MLB to host only 5 round draft in 2020

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/...und-draft.html

    Big takeaway is that after 5 rounds, any amateur you sign is capped with a 20K signing bonus. No limit on number of players signed. A forward thinking team could load up if they weather the lack of revenue.

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    Rough for the spects. Next year's draft could be stacked.

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    • #3
      The draft is already a big enough shot in the dark as it is, but since there were no seasons, this is going to be a bigger wild guess for who to pick when.

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      • #4
        This is ultimately going to cost the sport a number of players who would've been drafted late, but made it to the majors. Plus a few middle-of-the-draft-type guys might elect to just play another sport since $20K is nowhere near what they would normally receive to sign.

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        • #5
          Hope this is only for this year and possibly next. Would hate to see them go this route permanently.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BainesHOF View Post
            This is ultimately going to cost the sport a number of players who would've been drafted late, but made it to the majors. Plus a few middle-of-the-draft-type guys might elect to just play another sport since $20K is nowhere near what they would normally receive to sign.
            Been talking to a friend who handles a lot of low level, nickel and dime entry deals. There’s a lot of anxiety over this for very talented underclassmen and prepsters. The hope is that this gives more college seniors a shot at pro ball and gives college programs a big boost with an extra year from the guys who typically bolt for six figures, as well as more HSers. JuCo ball should see a huge influx of talent.

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            • #7
              Let's hope that our scouts are on top of all of this and that we are able to sign a couple unsigned prospects. Time to reload the minors.

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              • #8
                1. This really screws over teams like the Royals and Tigers who are in "stock-up" mode right now with their rebuilds (poor babies....). Signing all the undrafted free agents will be easier said than done because many of the high school seniors and college kids with eligibility left will want to play another year ion hope that they can get drafted next year for a higher bonus payday.
                2. IIRC, there will be only 10 rounds in 2021 and 20 in 2022 going forward from there. No more Mark Buehrles...….

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                • #9
                  Teams have already been flaunting the cap rules by “wasting” picks on low bonus college Srs for a few years now, so perhaps this will fix things a bit?

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                  • #10
                    This isn't going to hurt prospects at all. There are some good prospects taken after the fifth round, players on the radar for multiple teams. Any player eligible for the draft who isn't taken in the first five rounds ends up being able to negotiate with multiple teams, essentially becomes an amateur free agent. It was a very long time ago, but for illustrative purposes take LaMarr Hoyt, drafted in the fifth round in 1973. He was being scouted by five teams at five positions out of high school. He only knew he was drafted as a pitcher when he learned that he was drafted by the Yankees. In a five-round draft, he would have been better off (from an immediate monetary standpoint anyway) if he hadn't been drafted at all. Obviously, the other teams scouting Hoyt didn't think highly enough to draft him earlier. But if he hadn't been drafted, the Yankees could have had to deal with competition with four other teams in order to sign him.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TDog View Post
                      This isn't going to hurt prospects at all. There are some good prospects taken after the fifth round, players on the radar for multiple teams. Any player eligible for the draft who isn't taken in the first five rounds ends up being able to negotiate with multiple teams, essentially becomes an amateur free agent. It was a very long time ago, but for illustrative purposes take LaMarr Hoyt, drafted in the fifth round in 1973. He was being scouted by five teams at five positions out of high school. He only knew he was drafted as a pitcher when he learned that he was drafted by the Yankees. In a five-round draft, he would have been better off (from an immediate monetary standpoint anyway) if he hadn't been drafted at all. Obviously, the other teams scouting Hoyt didn't think highly enough to draft him earlier. But if he hadn't been drafted, the Yankees could have had to deal with competition with four other teams in order to sign him.
                      A $20k bonus cap for everyone not taken is going to hurt and send some kids back to college where injuries lurk and an even greater lost opportunity cost occurs. It’s going to be less a negotiation, and more of guys picking their favorite team for a cheap deal.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Krs1 View Post

                        A $20k bonus cap for everyone not taken is going to hurt and send some kids back to college where injuries lurk and an even greater lost opportunity cost occurs. It’s going to be less a negotiation, and more of guys picking their favorite team for a cheap deal.
                        If a player is good enough they won't have to sign for a cheap deal. Teams will be bidding for their services.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by voodoochile View Post

                          If a player is good enough they won't have to sign for a cheap deal. Teams will be bidding for their services.
                          What kind of bidding will there be with a $20k cap on each players bonus? That's the definition of a cheap deal they are locked in to. It's not like they can give these guys a Sale deal, either, as those guys drafted past there most certainly aren't good enough for early call ups.
                          Last edited by Krs1; 05-11-2020, 09:16 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Krs1 View Post

                            What kind of bidding will there be with a $20k cap on each players bonus? That's the definition of a cheap deal they are locked in to. It's not like they can give these guys a Sale deal, either, as those guys drafted past there most certainly aren't good enough for early call ups.
                            Really? I missed that part. That's not free agency...
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by voodoochile View Post

                              Really? I missed that part. That's not free agency...

                              There will also be a $20,000 limit on signing bonuses for undrafted players.

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