Mets Asking To Avoid The Rules

Posted on 25 January 2013 by Bill Ivie

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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2 Comments For This Post

  1. william Says:

    the mets are asking for an excemption because their normally protected 10th pick is being pushed outside the top ten by a compensation pick of the prates who failed to sign their draft pick. this is not the mets fault. many other things are, but not this. they are getting screwed by the pirates inadequacy.

  2. Bill Ivie Says:

    That truly does not change anything. The rules are to protect the top ten picks, not the ten worst teams.

    The rules are there for a reason. If the Mets wanted it handled differently, maybe they should have spoke up when the rule was written.

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