Re: Random Musings the Morning After the Signing Deadline
I wonder how much teams want to move up the Aug. 15 deadline a month. In the case of Alonso, it allowed the Reds to get him signed to a ML deal, get him working out in florida for a few weeks, then get him a handful of games in Billings (I think) then getting a "call up" to the show, so that he didn't burn an option since he spent less than 20 official days in the minors that season. Pushing up the mandatory signing date may close that little loop hole that the Reds (and presumably others) have taken advantage of.
With top shelf HS and collegiate pitchers, many of whom have already thrown a ton of innings, many teams would rather have them sitting on the shelf for a month than putting futher wear on that arm. For HS kids, it gives a little more seperation b/w the end of HS and the mandatory signing day. For college kids, how many graduate after the July 15th, or need to take a summer session class or two to finish up their credits?
I think there are benefits all around for both the player and the team. There is nothing to prevent them from signing the day after the draft, if that is their desire, but it allows some more freedom if there is a reason for pause. Its such a long way from draft day to the show, that missing the month of baseball isn't going to set any prospect back very far.
I see no logical reason why a team shouldn't be allowed to trade a draft pick. The draft is such a crapshoot that it would be much harder to assign value to a draft pick that my guess is ML teams have kept the trading of draft picks off the table to limit help protect teams from themselves a bit. The team that wants to trade away their whole draft in order to pick 1 player near the top of the draft, which may not work out, would be a huge blow. It would also leave said team scrambling to fill out its lower minor league rosters and perhaps keep them from making timely promotions as they'd have fewer prospects to take over a prospect's job when he raises a level.