With a June 1st deadline looming for MLB and the Players’ Association to agree to an international draft, both sides agreed on Friday to hold off until the current CBA expires after the 2016 season before working on the issue further.
The official statement from MLB today:
“The Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association have discussed various issues regarding international amateur players, including the possibility of an international draft. While both parties discussed an international draft, an agreement was not reached on some of the mechanics and procedures related to such a draft. Thus, an international draft will not be implemented in 2014. The parties intend to continue to discuss international amateur talent issues, and the current system of international talent acquisition as described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement will remain in place at this time.”
Michael Weiner, head of the MLBPA, released the following statement:
“At this time, the players are not prepared to accept an international draft. The MLBPA will continue to discuss with players and the Commissioner’s Office the many issues facing its international members.”
An international draft is much needed in this most-international sport. The rules regarding the acquisition of talent from various parts of the globe are, literally, all over the place. In the MLB.com article that I linked above, Jesse Sanchez reels off a bunch of the odd intricacies that make this such a challenging undertaking. I’m going to link the article again, here, so you don’t have to scroll back up, and just take a look at the last four paragraphs.
The pools that were created in this current CBA are a little tricky, then you have the exemptions, then, if you are “at least 23 years old and have played in a league recognized by the Commissioner’s Office for a minimum of five years…” Yikes.
This is a pretty tangled web. That more time is required to get everything ironed out is completely understandable.