Seattle – The Mariners have the 29th and 30th picks in Sunday night’s draft.
As per rule, they cannot trade on 29th.
As a rule, they can trade on the 30th day.
So, we have a starting point for discussing a silly rule.
Major League Baseball has never allowed the trading of standard draft picks, and Seattle’s 29th overall selection completes the standard first round.
Compensation can be selected between 1st and 2nd round and 2nd and 3rd round.
Seattle has the first pick in the compensation phase after the first round.
In fact, think of how silly it is — made even more silly by the fact that in 2021 MLB moved the draft from early June to be part of the All-Star Game event as a way of boosting interest in the process. done.
Yet one item that would significantly increase interest — being able to trade draft picks — remains verboten.
MLB has always faced two big problems:
- Even with college sports being more popular than ever, it still hasn’t come close to college basketball, and especially college football. Also, high school kids are eligible for the MLB draft.
- Even though the amateurs were more popular, unlike their contemporaries in the NBA and NFL, they are not going to compete directly for the big team.
They are usually going to the lowest rung in the minors, away from the everyday view of fans and probably years away from the majors.
Without the potential for an immediate impact, the MLB draft is not as attractive to the average fan. Even the more popular NBA and NFL drafts increase interest by allowing the trading of picks.
But let’s say that 48 hours before the draft, you saw a social media post from my colleague John Heyman that the Rangers were willing to make a package with the fourth-overall pick or trade the seventh-overall pick for the Reds to try. were ready for to relieve oneself White Sox starter Dylan Seas.
Will it get you to see? I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of fans of the Rangers, Reds and White Sox.
For example, the Reds have built a strong system and, since they haven’t made a playoff appearance in a 162-game season since 2013, users of a draft pick may be motivated to make the jump in August. 1 trade deadline. Will you watch to find out?
A rebuilding team that loves two players expected to go in the first round may see this as time to trade a veteran to get the second overall choice.
And don’t even splurge on the use of second- and third-round selections, for example. Going into the weekend, the draft that produced the most 2023 major league players was in 2016 with 118.
22 of those were first-rounders.
But 15 were second rounders – including Pete Alonso and Bo Bichette.
Thirteen were third rounders – including Austin Hays, Jesus Luzardo, Dustin Mays and Zack Gallen. Will the Yankees or Mets now pick something in the second round of the future as a way to get a supplemental bat?
,[Dealing picks] It will increase interest in the game, which is good,” said Rangers general manager Chris Young. “I support the idea of trading picks.”
Young’s voice should matter.
He is not only the GM of the team with the fourth overall choice, but from May 2018 until joining the Rangers in December 2020, Young was an influential part of the MLB front office.
And it’s MLB itself that’s a hindrance. The Players Association has long been in favor of making all draft selections tradable.
But MLB has said it will do so only if there is a hard-slotted system (each pick is assigned a specified value that teams cannot deviate from).
MLB has stated that if selections could be traded in the regular phase, it would make it easier for agents or teams to manipulate the system, and the league wants to ensure that players move up based on talent, not otherwise. for reasons.
But this is a farce to get more cost certainty.
The Pirates have the first overall pick on Sunday, and there was growing talk that they would not take one of the consensus top two picks — LSU teammates Dylan Crews and Paul Skanes — for financial reasons, including their pool allocation for the latter. It also includes deploying a large part of the , round.
Thus, there is already a strategy that can prevent the best players from moving up the pecking order of talent.
So why don’t we add a strategy that’s even more appealing to fans?
What if the Pirates could see how crazy teams are about Crews or Skanes and use it as a trading chip to acquire desirable, young controllable players who are either close or already in the majors? Are?
Or what if the Twins are willing to flip a prospect or two for the fifth overall pick and no. Overall 1?
Then again, who doesn’t want more avenues for front office improvement, except for those incompetent who can’t do well with the already existing rules?
For example, the Yankees have not received a top-12 pick since they selected Derek Jeter sixth in 1992.
What can they offer to gain access to the kind of draft-eligible talent they never considered?
Similarly, the Dodgers have not drafted higher than 15th since 2006.
If you hear someone is working to make it to the top five, will you tune in to watch the draft?
If MLB misses the issue it will be great for the game.