Re: Draft Pick Compensation for certain Free Agents
Originally Posted by REDREAD
I thik Lohse and Bourne are both Boras clients. (Maybe even Soriano from the Yanks?) In any event, they are all good players, but they are asking for superstar money. I think even if draft pick compensation wasn't attached, they'd be recieving less interest.
The market for FA is very uneven now. You've got some teams like Boston and LA Dodgers spending money like drunken sailors, but for themost part, teams are still being pretty thrifty with FAs.
Boston might actually be the best example of this, they are overpaying almost anyone who didn't receive a qualifying offer even though their 1st round pick is protected. Because the 2nd round pick comes with an extra $1+M of draft allowance, which does not all have to be used on that particular pick as long as they can sign the guy they draft there for less, and can use the extra to go over slot for the 1st rounder.
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