What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
THANK YOU DAVID & ANDY for answering the original question.. Have not read the CBA in any depth, and did not know if a player could be a draft gaining free agent in consecutive years for the QOing team. This to me would suggest if signing a free agent that loses your draft choice to a 1-year deal, depending of course on the player's value, in that year: regains a high draft choice in the next, if he is then signed to another team. There would be a slide down in the choice, but at most would move it from a 11th slot year 1 to 31++ slot in the following. Lohse was not a great example, may be a repeat of this year for him in finding a team, Bourn would more easier slide into that scenario. Boras has even hinted at a 1-year deal, believing next year his value would be higher, for if nothing else less movement with center fielders. The point of all this, is that it reduces greatly the loss of a draft choice, say if the Rangers did sign Lohse or Bourn to a 1-year, if they just regained a draft choice the next, and makes especially Bourn a much more likely sign.
Andy, you are correct. No side agreements of any kind pertaining to QOs are allowed. and the wording on the prohibition is broad enough that if you do something like that in any form, shape, or fashion, you've broken the rule. And the penalties for doing so are severe, as it can cost you your entire draft.
Prolly obvious man here, but without all our extra picks in early rounds last year, we wouldn't have been able to cobble enough bonus together to get Gallo. Brinson got about slot but guys like Williams and Jarmon signed for a little under and that dough went to Gallo IIRC. Plus of course like most teams we picked college guys rounds 3 and later who had no recourse but to sign and that bonus dough went to the higher guys.
So that 31 pick we got means something this year even if the bonus goes in order to sign our first rounder and we have to take a 31 pick off the slagheap.
That is true... without that extra allocation money (and the ability to slosh it around), Gallo probably doesn't even get drafted by the Rangers let alone signed.
Now, if the Rangers have their eye on another "Gallo" in this year's draft, look for them to hold any top 10 round's picks with both hands, tightly. If not, you may see him squander it on a Bourn or Lohse and work around what $$$ they have left in their allocation pool.
@ Andy and David
Thanks for the straight to the point breakdown of the QO process. Baseball really streamlined it and at the same time, it seems to have painted some mediocre talents into the corner.
Guys like Lohse are kind of screwed.
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