Is Bud Selig not being a douche again? The new CBA is calling for caps on draft spending, while adding a luxury tax to teams who spend over a threshold in the draft. Obviously, this is going to hammer the smaller market teams who have been building up in the draft as their only way to compete with the big boys. Instead of going after outrageous free agent overspending, Selig wants to curb draft spending? Thanks, Bud!
On another note, the posting system should become another area of interest royals fans. The current Japanese baseball league keeps players under club control for 9 years. If a player wants to come to the MLB, the player asks to be posted by his Japanese team, while the Japanese team essentially holds a human trafficking auction for the mlb teams. The Japanese team has a few days to accept the posting fee, all of which only that Japanese team will keep, if the mlb team comes to terms on an MLB (or minor league) contract for the player. Not to mention that the winning bidder has exclusive negotiating rights with the player, and they have to accept or reject the contract offer. If the player rejects the offer, the posting fee is returned to the MLB team.
For starters, Japanese teams are losing money and are being subsidized substantially (most lose around $50 million a year), and the posting fees do not go to the league, solely the team. The MLB does not count the posting fee for the luxury tax and it costs the MLB money as well (somehow the luxury threshold is at a ridiculous range of $150 million). How is it that this system can so blatantly line the pockets of Japanese teams and cost their players tons of money?
Last year was the first year that an MLB team had the highest posting fee and failed to negotiate a contract with the player. The Japanese player probably lost about half of his fair market value salary due to the team having to cough up the posting fee. Obviously, the Royals have been doing a great job in international scouting and signing. But how in the hell are we going to go after any Japanese players like Yu Darvish when money we should be spending on the player's contract is going solely to the Japanese team? This is a joke, and it could've been another avenue for the Royals to counter the new restrictions in draft spending.
Thanks to Bud Selig's ineptitude in competitive balance, the Royals may find themselves increasing Latin American scouting. We have this great farm system due to several instances of overslotting draft bonuses, but we have no chance in free agency when somebody like CJ Wilson is being bid on for $15 mill a year. How about we fix the overpaying of MLB free agents and the posting system before the MLB wants to go after the $15 mill the royals spend in the draft. I would much rather have 20-30 prospects for $15 million than committing that money to CJ Wilson or negotiating the money as slave money to a Japanese team.