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Update on unsigned draft picks

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 23, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

At least 10 people have e-mailed me wondering about the status of the unsigned draft picks.

Here is what you need to know:

The Yankees selected several players (Andrew Brackman, Carmen Angelini, Richard Weems, Brad Suttle) who fell because of signability questions.

This is a tactic that the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and other large-market teams employ. You get value with the pick then overpay to sign him. However, MLB is determined to lower signing bonuses and stongly suggests to teams that they sign kids to 10 percent less than what the same pick received the previous season.

This makes good business sense given the relatively low percentage of high-round picks who actually become productive big leaguers.

But for a team like the Yankees, a $2 million bonus is chump change and they get control of a talented player for six years. What invariably happens (as was the case with Ian Kennedy last season) is that the Yankees submit a contract to MLB then Bud Selig’s people try and pressure the Yankees at the ownership level to stay in line.

This process takes a while. But in the end, MLB can only suggest a bonus, they cannot mandate it. So in the days leading up to the Aug. 15 deadline, expect a flurry of signings. Angelini is believed to be one of the contracts in the pipeline.

I’ve heard that Brackman needs Tommy John surgery and that the Yankees knew that before they selected him. So when he signs is not especially important as he will not be pitching for a while.




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