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    Fixing the MLB draft

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    Management's internal discussions about how to restructure the draft process are still in the early stages. And keep in mind that any change that Major League Baseball wants will have to go through the Players Association, at the bargaining table, in the next round of collective bargaining talks.

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    Rick Porcello's "fall" to the Tigers is often cited as a reason by some that the current draft rules don't work to benefit baseball.

    But when the general managers got together a couple of weeks ago, they kicked around ideas in a serious and open discussion, led by former Braves GM John Schuerholz and executive vice president Rob Manfred. Commissioner Bud Selig was present, and was viewed as being very interested in the suggestions by others in the room.

    The premise that guided the talks is that the draft is the best and easiest manner in which baseball can address the widening financial disparity between The Haves and The Have Nots. And the focus is on some kind of a slotting system, which would enable the worst teams to have access to the best players. In recent years, some of the worst teams have passed on the best amateur players in the draft because they believed they couldn't sign the player. This is how Rick Porcello slid to the Tigers at the end of the first round in 2007.

    And there is a strong belief on the side of management that a slotting system can be completed, because the union will embrace the idea -- so long as the Players Association is guaranteed, in some fashion, that more money will be spent on major league players. How this happens remains to be seen, but there are agents convinced that the interests of the draft-eligible traded will be swapped out for the interests of the union veterans.

    Some of what was talked about in the meeting of the general managers:

    # There was discussion about how Major League Baseball could improve and strengthen its relationship with college baseball, in order to help lure more athletes to baseball and to aid in player development. Several years ago, there was some talk in MLB circles about reducing the number of minor league teams, but that notion wasn't seriously discussed at the GM meetings.

    # As part of the suggestion to standardize the bonuses, one idea is to give the same standard bonus for any player drafted after a particular round. For example -- any player is drafted after Round 20 (or whatever round is negotiated) could receive the same signing bonus.

    # There is talk about structuring draft budget according to the place of finish. So, for example (and to be clear, these numbers are my own hypothetical), the worst team would have $10 million, the second-worst team would have $9.75 million, the third-worst $9.5 million, etc. This way, the big-market teams like the Yankees and Red Sox wouldn't be in position to overpay middle-round picks, as Boston did to lure Ryan Westmoreland away from Vanderbilt.

    # There was some discussion about having the ability to either trade draft picks or trade the rights to spend money on picks. This way, teams would be in position to recoup the value of a pick even if they didn't want to pay a player in that position. Say, for example, that the Nationals didn't want to take the No. 1 pick for themselves. Under the idea that is being discussed, they would either be able to trade the pick, or perhaps trade some of their allotted slot money in the draft.

    To repeat: It's very early in the discussions, and all of the ideas must have the approval of the union to be implemented.

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    Forced Slotting system like in the NHL. this number pick automatically gets XXXX amount. also make sure players cant find a loophole out... for instance, they get drafted lower than expected and decide to not sign and goto an Independent league and now the team that drafted this player is ****ed.

    Trades. Trading in the draft should always be an option. A draft like last years where there it was extremely weak after Ackley is one in which a team higher up might be able t get more value via trade than one of the questionable players higher in the draft. Would make the draft interesting... would make the trade deadline interesting too.

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