I just read this at Maury Brown’s site:
"Ken Davidoff of Newsday reported just over a week ago that teams may no longer receive draft picks as compensation for free agents who leave as part of the upcoming CBA.
Now comes word through sources that all the clubs have been notified that this indeed will be the case as both the Players Association and MLB have come to terms on the matter."
I wonder how this will affect both the Yankees’ and Red Sox’s way of doing business. The Yanks are rather aggressive when it comes to picking up free agents (you think so, Nick?) and this new policy won’t change anything. However, if this is to take effect this off-season, the Yanks will not receive 1st round draft picks for Mussina or Sheffield if either depart. Everything indicates that the Yanks want Moose back. Does this rule change give the cerebral hurler more leverage in negotiations? Might the Yanks be more likely to pick up Sheff’s option given the fact that they’ll receive nothing in return if he signs else where?
This could change the Sox’s off-season approach more dramatically. Considering Boston’s budget and its desire to remain competitive from year to year, Theo and company have been relatively conservative when it comes to signing and re-signing free agents. I can’t help but think that the draft compensation policy had something to do with this strategy. From 2005-2006, the Sox, during which time many veteran players have left via free agency, have had tons of high draft picks. Instead of going after big free agents, management has added big pieces via trades. Coco Crisp, Josh Beckett, and Mike Lowell were all added by trading pieces of the farm. This policy change then might lead the Sox to being more aggressive in pursuing type-A free agents since the team will not be threatened with the loss of a top draft pick. Also, the Sox might be more likely to re-sign players at the end of their contracts.