Fixing MLB’s Free Agent Compensation Problem
With Spring Training about to open in a few days, baseball finds itself with two of the top ten free agents still unsigned. But it isn’t because of their contract demands, as much it is the compensation teams are required to give up for their services.
To fix this, the first change to be implemented should be to eliminate the bottom ten teams being exempt from losing their first round pick. The current rule could promote bubble teams to tank it at the end of the season, in order to gain an advantage over other teams.
One solution to fix the problem is to not lose any draft pick when you sign a player, but the team that loses a former type A player, would just add a first round supplemental pick.
It still seems that the value gained by signing Bourn and Loshe, outweighs giving up two draft picks this year. Especially for a team like Boston who would not even forfeit their number one pick, which is seventh in 2013. What are the odds that a player in the second round will make it in the big leagues?
2007: only Brett Cecil #38 made it so far.
2008: Wade Miley #43 is the only one playing in the Big Leagues.
Out of a six year span only 21 out of 240 made it to the Big Leagues, and 12 were in 2003 and 2004.
With the odds less than 10% that a pick in the second round of the 2013 draft will even make it, why are teams so afraid to give that up for top value free agents like Bourn and Lohse?
Clearly this system is broke and needs to be fixed. The solution is to open up the CBA right now, before Spring Training begins.
Do you think baseball will fix this free agent problem by opening up the CBA?