Originally Posted by Red Leader
Why wouldn't all teams do this? Why wouldn't you punt your 1st round pick this year and get 2 next year. Even if you do it in the 2nd round this year. Draft one solid player and one total reach pick with the other first rounder. Worst case, you've got two picks every year. Best case you've got two studs to add to your farm system and only 1 pick the next year...
Remember that these negotiations are not in a vacuum. If MLB teams find a way to abuse the rules and punish draftees in an effort to force down signing bonuses...you can bet that will be the focal point for the next CBA.
It gives the teams more leverage...but given all things equal...we really want the best players we can get each year working their way through our system so they can help the Reds on the field or be available to trade for MLB players at positions of need.
It is not in our best long term interest to punt draft choices...but it does protect us better if we make a good faith offer and the kid won't sign...we at least salvage the draft pick.