It has become very apparent that the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in Major League Baseball is going to impact free agency, just ask Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse.
In a strange twist, however, rumor has it that the New York Mets are asking for an exemption to the draft pick compensation rule in order to pursue Bourn. The team controls a pick within the top 10 picks of the 2013 first-year player draft, which it would have to sacrifice to sign a player that has the compensation tag attached to them. A sacrifice that the team does not want to make. The team has filed a request with the Commissioner’s Office to have that requirement waved for them in the interest of signing the speedy outfielder.
The question here is raised: what makes the Mets so special?
Sure, the team has been playing poorly and Bourn would drastically improve a floundering franchise. The team could help themselves a lot by signing Bourn and securing a pick high in the draft. So could a lot of other teams in baseball. The draft pick compensation clause was developed for this specific reason. Teams have a choice, develop their own talent and grow towards the future or delve into free agency and bring home a proven commodity.
The New York Mets want to have their cake and eat it too. This is not high school anymore and a letter from Mommy is not going to get you out of gym class. The rules are in place for this exact reason.
If Major League Baseball approves a move of this nature, it is opening a Pandora’s Box that would allow many teams to seek protection from rules that they feel are not applicable to them.
Then again, I guess the Brewers and Ryan Braun have already established that precedent.
Bill Ivie is the editor here at Full Spectrum Baseball
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