I am a displaced Giants fan living down in Southern California and heard some interesting thoughts yesterday on the Padre's Radio Network XX1090am when they interviewed agent Scott Boras. I have always hated this guy and viewed him as bad for the game, but his interview really got me thinking about what he said regarding how he would change the draft (about 1/3 through the interview). I would really recommend listening to the interview, but if you can't I will recap how he would change it.
First off, he made some comments about how the 1st round of the MLB Draft is ridiculous with the slotting system and even claims he doesn't know what slot mean or where these monetary values came from. His methods strongly focuses on value of the individual player and backs it up with some history using KC past two 1st round draft picks HS 1B Eric Hosmer and College SS Cristian Colon. He states that Hosmer got paid in excess of 6.5M as the 3rd pick of the 2009 draft and Colon only got 3M as the 3rd overall pick in 2010. The difference in price was because of the value that each player provides, notably power and age for Hosmer as compared to the older and slick fielding Colon. He finally states that slot system is for the agents and GMs that don't really know how to properly value these prospects. His thoughts are that these GMs and agents hope the drafted player doesn’t know his value and will sign before the deadline at the predetermined value because they are told that it is an acceptable price tag. He says that the August deadline doesn’t matter because he just strategically waits until the last 30 minutes to state his demands in a take it or leave it manner for the other party.
The host then asks him if he would change the draft and how. He states that the primary purpose of the draft is to have parody in the game that affords the teams with the worst records to get the most from the draft. He begins to lay the framework down of his new draft system by crediting the skills of MLB Scouts and states that these men know who the best players are each year. He then claims that there should be 2 drafts each year to better allow the teams that finished near the bottom of the standings a better chance to get elite players. In his first draft, which he calls the "Parody Draft", the bottom 8 teams would each submit a list from their scouts of 8 players that they consider to be the top talents for that year. A tally then would be counted and the top 8 voted players from all teams would then be put in a pool where they would only be able to negotiate with those 8 teams. The 2nd draft would be the same as it is now minus the top 8 players and would take place after the "Parody Draft". He states that this system would allow the top 8 players the luxury to be able to negotiate with more than 1 team (good for Boras) just as the international kids get to each year. He also states that the draft would finally benefit the worst teams because not only would they get a premium player in the "Parody Draft", but also would get to select a first rounder during the 2nd draft.
Lastly, he talks about how people have been saying that Tampa Bay is doing it the right way by bringing up players rather than paying for talent. He shuts this down by stating it took a lot of losing (8-10 years in a row) for the Rays to get this talent and have 1-2 years of playoff contention. He states that the best way to keep your fan base is to stay competitive annually and make every effort to win each year (good for Boras). He then stated that he has been approached many times to be a MLB Owner and it was really interesting to hear.
I am really surprised that I actually tend to agree with the majority of what he had to say. I am not sure if you are a Boras fan or not, but this was an interesting interview.
Would you like this draft system or how would you change it?