Major League Baseball pushes for international draft, while players union opposes it, sources say


Negotiations between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA centered around the potential for an international draft, sources close to ownership told ESPN on Wednesday.

The union is not in favor of it, according to those sources, while the league would like to institute it for the first time in history. The league also believes it was tied to the elimination of draft pick compensation for free agents who leave their old teams.

Without the draft, the league won’t eliminate the compensation a team has to give up when signing a free agent. The rule hurts the market for players who have turned down qualifying offers.

The league is offering the union alternatives to the original trade: Finish the parameters on the rest of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and sign it while examining the pros and cons of the international draft for two years. If by 2024, the union still doesn’t want to implement the draft, then the league has the right to re-open the CBA.

Another option would be to agree to a deal without the draft and without eliminating draft-pick compensation.

The third option is to complete the original trade: Institute an international draft and in return the league will eliminate draft pick compensation.


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