Rumors, rumors, rumors

We’re getting close here and I’m starting to hear a variety of things. Nothing confirmed as of yet, but figured it’s worth letting you know what deals are being tossed around:

  • Andrew Brackman: Word is the Yankees and Brackman have a done deal, yet to be officially announced. Terms being mentioned are a Major League deal worth around $4 million. Remember, the NC State product is facing Tommy John surgery, so it may be a while before you actually see him in the big leagues.
  • Julio Borbon: Looks like the Rangers will get this done. The Tennessee outfielder will sign for about $1.1 million, as the rumor goes, official announcement pending.
  • Brad Suttle: Word on the street is that the Yankees have agreed on a  $1 million deal with their fourth-round pick, who needed an above-slot deal to sign him as a draft-eligible sophomore.


Jim Callis of BA says that the Mets could get Efferson for less then $500,000. Have you heard anything about that? It would seem like if that is all it takes, then they should jump all over that deal

I was told that it wasn’t going to happen, that he was looking for too much money. I don’t know what that amount is, but that’s what I heard…

Any new news on the Royals and Moustakas? This is really turning out to be a nightmare if the Royals can pay Reggie Sanders 5 million for doing nothing and not pay a possible high level prospect that much.

Nothing new on Moustakas as of yet — I’ll let you know if I hear anything.

Will the Rays sign David Price today or do you think they will wait til next year and sign Pedro Alverez 1st and David Price with 2nd Pick. That being if they are the worst team in baseball this year. Price would come at a cheaper Price next year as a Number #2 Pick. Your Thoughts.

They will sign him today. Call it a hunch.

Sign Them Up!

Here’s a great MLB franchise philosophy: Spend millions of dollars on player development to identify prospects, produce major leaguers, and categorize our investment in amateurs. Then, allow player agents to convince us to sign our number one draft selection and give him a major league contract with a $7,000,000 signing bonus. Add to that mix, the justification that the player agent, who has no stake whatsoever in the baseball team, predicts that his client will be a major leaguer in a year or two.

Why do teams ignore versus rely on their development system and organization scouting departments? Why do they ignore the commissioner’s office attempts to “slot” draft money that’s been out of control? What’s more, how can this lack of attention and discount continue amid clear evidence of the worst amateur draft deal in history, the fiasco of Todd Van Poppel. Since then, everything has been out of control.

To speak of the decline in minor league talent is to acknowledge the lack of organization development in professional baseball. It can’t always hide behind the gorgeous minor league facilities or the under the “blanket money” some general managers use out of desperation to be competitive.

Can we teach some of our front office staff an elementary, but fundamental lesson? Can we provide some guidance to uncover some of the failures in conjunction with the investment of development? Let’s being with a simple tutorial. 2+2=4, 3+3=6, and the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Taking the next leap in simplicity are the following conventions:

#1 A drafted amateur serving at least three years of time in the major leagues is considered a successfully drafted player by MLB franchise standards. Note: most players are not in this category.

#2 A prospect is a potential major league player.

#3 Prospects are developed by MLB organizations.

#4 All professionals are not prospects…(they need to be developed).

#5 Amateurs are not professionals therefore they cannot be prospects – Capiche?

#6 Amateurs are graded and combined in a formula of OFP (overall future potential), then projected to be a possible prospect.

Follow this lesson so far?

As a result, franchises draft amateur talent attempting to develop the probable prospects and create major league players. At that time, some general managers then listen to the non-expert/non-baseball player agents, and sign amateurs players to major league contracts before they have experienced a single day of development.

How can this be?

The answers are:

A) Teams cannot develop their talent as well as they used to – ridiculous as it may seem, some agents train their clients because the organization and multi-million dollar franchise front offices have opposing views on the fundamental belief of player development.

B) They cut side deals with player agents.

C) And finally, the most obvious reason – they are outplayed, out-worked, and outsmarted by the player agents.

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