Re: Free Agent Compensation Could Be in Jeopardy
I can see why the player's associtation wants to change this. For example, a team like the Reds this year will be disinclined to sign a FA if it costs them their #1 pick. (maybe that's how the current system helps small markets, it gives them an excuse not to sign FA).
However, I would hope that they could reach some kind of compromise. At least let clubs keep the sandwhich picks as compensation, since those are just extra picks stuffed in there.
The player's union should also consider that the compensation draft picks have sometimes helped their members. For example, Maddux got a nice arb award when the Braves offered him arb and hoped he'd turn it down. A couple other players also benefited.
It's too bad the union wants to change this though from a fan's point of view. I always thought it was interesting to watch which clubs offered arb to particular FAs.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!