Re: Worldwide Draft?
My argument against a worldwide draft is it kind of freezes the world of baseball where it is. Under the current system, teams have an incentive for going into China or India or eastern Europe or Brazil or Africa and trying to develop talent. Whatever they find or develop, they get to keep. Teams can scour the globe hunting for competitive advantage, and the side benefit is it will help grow the game.
My guess is an international draft would dissuade teams from looking for talent beyond the current horizon. They'd certainly curb their international player development activities. We've seen this in Puerto Rico. Prior to the draft expanding to include Puerto Rico, MLB teams would sign raw kids in the hopes they could be developed. Now teams have all but pulled out of Puerto Rico in terms of development, leaving that to be done at the local level and only bothering to draft a fairly small number of kids from the island.
From what I understand, the number of kids playing baseball in Puerto Rico compared to a generation has dropped precipitously. The next Carlos Beltran is probably kicking around a soccer ball.
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