MLB Players Association Rejects MLB International Draft Proposal

There will be no major league baseball international project after all.

MLB Players Association. has turned down the league’s final offer for an international draft starting in 2024 on Monday, pushing the thorny issue back to the next round of collective bargaining negotiations.

The two sides agreed to discuss the matter in March, when they agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement to end the owner-imposed lockout and set a Monday deadline. To tempt the union, MLB offered to eliminate direct draft compensation for qualified free agents — a mechanism that has negatively impacted players over the past decade — in exchange for an international draft.

Last July, MLB offered an international draft that included $190 million in total spending on hard-slot players for each pick. That’s more than the $166 million clubs spent on amateur international free agents during the 2021 signing period. The league then pushed for an international draft in March, which nearly derailed negotiations in recent days before the two sides agreed on the CBA.

The union waited until early this month to submit a counter offer. It will give players $260 million in the 2024 draft and no hard slots. Instead, teams will have to guarantee players the minimum slot values, but they will have the option to exceed them within the bonus pools. This was the first time the union had proposed the establishment of an international conscription.

On Sunday, the league responded with its final offer, increasing the money offered to players in 2024 to $191 million with hard slots. This was not enough for the union.

“The league’s responses fell short of what players might consider a fair deal,” This is stated in the MLBPA statement. Monday.

The international conscription was to operate separately from the domestic conscription, which was introduced in 1965 for residents of the United States and Canada. It began to include residents of US territories, including Puerto Rico, in 1990. Players from other countries are eligible to sign with teams as international amateurs at the age of 16, with some exceptions.

The owners have been looking for an international draft for years. They argue that the draft is the best way to mitigate the rampant corruption that plagues the current Latin American amateur baseball scene – especially in the Dominican Republic – while cutting down on unnecessary spending.

“We are disappointed that the MLBPA has chosen the status quo instead of moving to an international draft that would guarantee future internationals bigger signing bonuses and better learning opportunities, as well as increased transparency to best address the root causes of corruption in the current system. ,” MLB said in a statement. in a statement.

The union disputes that MLB’s inability to control its own teams has created problems. At the top of the list are early non-binding agreements that teams enter into with players as young as 12 years old. Early deals have always been a problem, but have become the norm after MLB and MLBPA agreed to place hard caps on international signing pools. The restrictions caused a stir among the trainers known as bus conesto grab a piece of the pie years before the players can sign a contract.

It was because of the early deals that MLB considered a draft without hard slots to be a failure. The league refused to budge on the issue, the money was never close, and an international draft remains a hurdle for the future.