Bud looks like he is going to get the international draft he
has wanted for a decade.
As part of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, Bud Selig went out of his way to solve the non-existent problem of bonuses paid to amateurs. This included a de-facto cap on bonuses paid to international free agents. As if these new restrictions were not enough, the CBA contains what amounts to a sequester on the international bonus pool if MLB and the MLBPA can't agree on an international draft.Selig has been pushing for an international draft since the 2002 CBA. Only logistical hurdles associated with instituting an international draft stopped it from becoming a reality.
With a restrictive tax on international free agents already in place it is unclear what impact a draft would have. One club would be restricted from loading up on the top international free agents in a given year even if it meant blowing past the limits. The penalties are so steep it is unlikely a club would do so anyway....