Updated 5:00 PM
Adam Rubin, who knows a heck of a lot more about this than I do, has spent a great deal of time today examining all the intricacies of the CBA rule that the Mets are petitioning MLB to change.
Rubin did a thorough examination of the language in the CBA and concluded that rule is very clear that only 10 picks are protected no matter the circumstances, and that pool is not expanded if compensatory picks are awarded within the Top 10.
Why is this such a big issue and so important to major league baseball?
Because expanding the pool of bidders theoretically would drive up Bourn’s price, Rubin says. It’s not a precedent MLB would desire particularly when it represents 30 owners who all have an interest in keeping salary costs contained.
By protecting the Mets’ pick and expanding the pool of protected picks to 11 this year, MLB essentially would be allowing the Mets to bid more aggressively because the team would not be concerned about losing its first-round pick.