Originally Posted by REDREAD
Honestly, I think the new draft rules help the small market teams more than they hurt it.
Before the caps, you had the Yankees and Rangers spending an insane amount of money on amatuer draft and international FAs. At least the playing field is leveled on the draft now. With the cap, I doubt you will see small market teams punting draft picks, or drafting to save money (which was pretty common for Cincy and Pittsburg in the early 2000's). IIRC, part of the new agreement also forbids giving Major League contracts to draftees, which helps everyone out.
The new draft rules are one step towards parity/fairness.. Sure, there's a lot more work to be done, but at least they fixed one facet that they could.
Because if they didn't fix that, Cincy might spend 10 million on the draft, but LA would spend 100...
You explained this better than I did. I agree with pretty much all you said here. The Yankees should never have a top 5 farm system in the position they consistently drafted at. For much of the 2000's though they did have a top 5 farm system with the International signings and the amount they spent in the draft. The way it is now, it could potentially hurt small market teams but on a whole it drastically changes the way large markets can approach the draft. To me, it will hurt big market teams more in the long run than small market teams.
I also think the new rules will bring the cost per draft choice down. I don't see Scott Boras getting the kind of money he used to get for Strasburg and Harper. The cost to do business in the draft will eventually start to fall.