Originally Posted by dougdirt
If Korea wanted it to be that way, it would be. But that isn't the rule right now.
The sticking point comes into play here because the kid was certainly old enough to be "in his final year of high school", but for whatever reason, he wasn't actually there yet.
MLB should be proactive here - it should not be too hard to see the landmines ahead of them in countries like South Korea in situations like this and then act accordingly - for kids under a certain age for instance, require MLB to give an OK before the signing can go through - once a team tenders an offer to the MLB office that team has "dibs" at least until a decision is made. That way MLB could "feel out" the situation first and be sure they don;t overstep bounds. Too much at stake and they don't want to end up with Korea setting up a stranglehold system like Japan's.