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How to fix international rules? Form a committee

Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:20 pm
Almost everyone agrees baseball could use a better system for signing international players.

So what system would be better?

Ah, that's much tougher, and that's why the new basic agreement included a provision for a committee to study possible changes. The commissioner's office and the union announced that committee on Thursday, and said that it will meet for the first time sometime before Jan. 15.

An international draft for amateur players, long a goal of commissioner Bud Selig, is the biggest topic on the table. Currently, only players who attend school in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and Canada are subject to a draft; all other players are treated as free agents.

That's why players defecting from Cuba (such as Yoenis Cespedes) establish residency in countries such as the Dominican Republic, rather than in the U.S. Cespedes will get much more money as a free agent who can deal with all 30 teams than he would as a drafted player who can deal with just one.

Baseball can't easily add all international players into the current draft system, because the rules for eligibility are so different. Most international players are eligible to sign once they turn 16, while players covered under the draft become eligible when their high school class graduates, and again after a third year at a four-year college.

The committee will be asked to determine whether there's a way to add international players into the current draft, or whether there should be a separate international draft.

The committee is also expected to look at ways to modify the posting system currently used to add players from the Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese professional leagues. That system, currently being used by star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, has drawn heavy criticism on all sides.

Also, the committee plans to look at rules for signing Cuban players, and at how baseball develops international players.

General managers Sandy Alderson of the Mets and Andrew Friedman of the Rays will be joined on the committee by Kim Ng of the commissioner's office, and by union representatives Tony Clark, Rick Shapiro and Stan Javier. The committee will be co-chaired by MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred and union executive director Michael Weiner, who worked together to complete the CBA.


Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:55 am

How to fix international rules? Form a committee

I don't want to see a seperate draft.  If prospect A1 is American and prospect A2 is from Japan then one team would have a shot at drafting both players.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:44 pm

How to fix international rules? Form a committee

Make the draft international and complete. If a person wants to play in MLB they need to APPLY for the draft. The NBA does it this way and so does the NFL.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:27 pm

How to fix international rules? Form a committee

why is the system broken? the draft killed peirto rico as a talent center, anyone else fearful that an international draft would weaken the talent coming into the MLB. since they seem hellbent on making sure american and canadian players choose other sports, why not ensure that no real talent plays baseball for a living.

if the team fails to reach a contract with the player who posted, then the posting money is returned right, or rather not spent. if thats true, why wouldnt some team with no hope of signing a player like darvish no post some ungodly amount then simply make no effort to sign him; the goal being blocking him from signing with another team. so if the royals think hes really good, but no worth the money they dont have to get him, why not post 3 billion dollars, then not sign him so the yankees or red sox or whoever cant. wouldnt that shock the whole system.

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:04 pm

How to fix international rules? Form a committee

Before they start another crack Bud Selig committee, why don't they answer the A's on if they can move to San Jose. Let's worry first about current players before we worry about future players coming from other countries.

Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:34 pm

How to fix international rules? Form a committee

Simple. Have a seperate "International Draft." Anyone wishing to play in MLB must register for the draft that year. No postings. It is the players responsibility to become eligible for the draft. They can register for the draft if they turn 16 before the draft date and are not contractually bound in another league.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:22 pm

How to fix international rules? Form a committee

Make all of the international players that want to play here register with the MLB Scouting Bureau before they're eligible to be drafted.  This will help with false identities too...

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:59 pm

How to fix international rules? Form a committee

Just change the draft to include all the players in the world when they are eligable in that country.     Problem solved. 

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