Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors posted part of the interview he conducted with Greg Genske of The Legacy Agency, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and one other NL Executive. It was on the topic of qualifying offers, the draft pick compensation attached to free agents, and how it hurts the good, but not great players.
If signing a free agent does require the forfeiture of a first or second round draft pick, how much does it matter to potential suitors? It’s team-specific, explained Genske, who said,
“I think that most of the teams that are in on the top-tier free agents are really focused on winning now. So I think they’re less inclined to be concerned about that draft pick and even the bonus pool money associated with it.”
In Shane Victorino, Ryan Dempster, and Mike Napoli, the Red Sox signed three top 20 free agents who did not come with draft pick compensation attached. GM Ben Cherington explained to MLBTR, ”We have to consider the cost of giving up a pick, as draft picks are valuable,...