Originally Posted by Red Leader
So, if I'm understanding correctly, if in an amateur draft there are only 19 "stud" prospects and then a pretty big drop off, and you draft 20th, you can pick whoever you want, not sign them and get a #21 pick the following year? Same situation in the 2nd round. You draft 20th in the second round. You only like 19 players in the 2nd round, so you draft someone, don't sign them and get the 21st pick the next year.
Now, what if you are the Royals. You have the #2 pick. You draft a Boras client, don't sign him and finish with the worst record in baseball in 2007. You now have the #1 and #3 picks in the draft for 2008.
That's what I thought of too, but can a team like that afford a #1 and #3 pick? That could be $8 mil in bonuses just on your first two picks.