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 Post subject: Update on unsigned first round picks
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:24 pm 
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There are currently 12 unsigned first round picks, 6 of whom are Boras clients. The picks are the following:

No. CLUB PLAYER POS SIGNED
1 WAS Stephen Strasburg RHP NO
2 SEA Dustin Ackley OF NO
3 SD Donavan Tate OF NO
4 PIT Tony Sanchez C YES
5 BAL Matt Hobgood RHP YES
6 SF Zack Wheeler RHP NO
7 ATL Mike Minor LHP YES
8 CIN Mike Leake RHP YES
9 DET Jacob Turner RHP NO
10 WAS Drew Storen RHP YES
11 COL Tyler Matzek LHP NO
12 KC *Aaron Crow RHP NO
13 OAK Grant Green SS NO
14 TEX Matt Purke LHP NO
15 CLE Alex White RHP NO
16 ARI Bobby Borchering 3B YES
17 ARI A.J. Pollock OF YES
18 FLA Chad James LHP YES
19 STL Shelby Miller RHP YES
20 TOR Chad Jenkins RHP YES
21 HOU Jiovanni Mier SS YES
22 MIN Kyle Gibson RHP NO
23 CWS Jared Mitchell OF YES
24 LAA Randal Grichuk OF YES
25 LAA Mike Trout OF YES
26 MIL Eric Arnett RHP YES
27 SEA Nick Franklin SS YES
28 BOS Reymond Fuentes OF YES
29 NYY Slade Heathcott OF YES
30 TB LeVon Washington 2B NO
31 CHC Brett Jackson OF YES
32 COL Tim Wheeler OF YES

The highest pick to sign so far is Sanchez, who is showing that signing early on and beginning your minor league career is a good idea. Sanchez was voted the SAL player of the week for last week, and is now hitting a gaudy .367/.470/.624, for an OPS of 1.094 at West Virginia.


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:28 pm 
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I hate Scott Boras.


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Why does Aaron Crow have a * next to his name?


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Because he has used up his collegiate eligibility and thus isn't subject to tonight's signing deadline.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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FWIW, Keith law was just on ESPN radio reporting that all 3 top picks have principal deals in place - the number has been agreed upon and the deals have been reported to MLB. Supposedly, MLB is holding off any announcement so that other agents can't use the numbers for leverage.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Boy isn't that some BS by MLB. Amazing. Just amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
Boy isn't that some BS by MLB. Amazing. Just amazing.


Why? It's the fault of the agents that they don't already have deals in place before tonight.

This BS by Boras and Company has to end and I applaud MLB for not rewarding the shady tactics used by these agents.


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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ESPN reports that SD signs Donovan Tate. The dominoes begin to fall.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Pretty close to collusion.


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Remember this.......If Strasburg or Crow don't sign by next years draft, that is 2 players the Nationals who will probably pick in front of us can't pick.......

If they fall, would you pick either?


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Keith Law says that he has confirmation that the Rangers did not sign their first-round pick, P Matt Purke. This is one of the pitchers that was rated higher than Tony Sanchez.

Still no word on whether the A's signed Grant Green.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
Pretty close to collusion.



Oh my God. I guess that makes the whole idea of the draft unfair too.


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Jeremy wrote:
Az Bucco fan wrote:
Pretty close to collusion.



Oh my God. I guess that makes the whole idea of the draft unfair too.

How many professions do you know that do not allow you to choose who your employer is?

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Who is forcing anyone into the draft? You want to choose your baseball employer, feel free, there are many around.

What, you choose to play by the MLB rules so you can make really, really, REALLY, big money and have fame and fortune?

oh, ok, maybe I play by their rules.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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I know one that chooses your career for you. USAF

Also, I wouldn't mind having my employer chosen for me if I would be clearing 2-6Million in signing bonus. Tough life...


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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Willton wrote:
Jeremy wrote:
Az Bucco fan wrote:
Pretty close to collusion.



Oh my God. I guess that makes the whole idea of the draft unfair too.

How many professions do you know that do not allow you to choose who your employer is?



You have every right to choose your employer in baseball. There's MLB, Japan, Korea, the Independent Leagues, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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But for MLB to not release signing money so that the other agents don't know what the market value is? Only makes the agents do MORE under the table discussion with each other. I am sure they trust each other to tell the truth. :lol: :lol:


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ZelieMike wrote:
Who is forcing anyone into the draft? You want to choose your baseball employer, feel free, there are many around.

What, you choose to play by the MLB rules so you can make really, really, REALLY, big money and have fame and fortune?

oh, ok, maybe I play by their rules.

ZM


MLB's anti-trust exemption, as I understand it, is predicated on the premise that the 30 major league clubs are in competition with one another. If this is the case, the draft is completely unfair, as players should have the right to sell their services on the free market to any of these clubs. MLB conveniently has it both ways...when it comes to the anti-trust exemption, it's a free market composed of 30 competing clubs. When it comes to the draft and selecting its labor force, it's an inseparable monolith, and you can go to Japan if you don't like it.

Listen, I'm not going to spend any time crying for players who will make more in a year than I will in a lifetime. But I think it's wholly unbalanced to speak only about the greed of the players and dismiss the much more significant greed of the much, much wealthier owners throughout the history of MLB. Scum bag agents like Scott Boras are around today because of scum bag owners who wouldn't negotiate with players in good faith until they unionized. Jim Bouton gives a pretty good account in his book about how backhanded owners and management are.


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 Post subject: Re: Update on unsigned first round picks
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jaybee24 wrote:
ZelieMike wrote:
Who is forcing anyone into the draft? You want to choose your baseball employer, feel free, there are many around.

What, you choose to play by the MLB rules so you can make really, really, REALLY, big money and have fame and fortune?

oh, ok, maybe I play by their rules.

ZM


MLB's anti-trust exemption, as I understand it, is predicated on the premise that the 30 major league clubs are in competition with one another.

Not quite right. If they were all in total competition with each other, then there would be no need for an antitrust exemption.

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If this is the case, the draft is completely unfair, as players should have the right to sell their services on the free market to any of these clubs. MLB conveniently has it both ways...when it comes to the anti-trust exemption, it's a free market composed of 30 competing clubs. When it comes to the draft and selecting its labor force, it's an inseparable monolith, and you can go to Japan if you don't like it.

Listen, I'm not going to spend any time crying for players who will make more in a year than I will in a lifetime. But I think it's wholly unbalanced to speak only about the greed of the players and dismiss the much more significant greed of the much, much wealthier owners throughout the history of MLB. Scum bag agents like Scott Boras are around today because of scum bag owners who wouldn't negotiate with players in good faith until they unionized. Jim Bouton gives a pretty good account in his book about how backhanded owners and management are.

If Scott Boras has a problem with the draft let him bitch and moan to the Players Association. The rules for the draft were set by the CBA.

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If Scott Boras has a problem with the draft let him bitch and moan to the Players Association. The rules for the draft were set by the CBA.

The Players Association doesn't give a damn about people who are not part of the Players Association. The MLBPA is only concerned about the interests of their current members, and they have no problem screwing amateur players hoping to join the league in order to further said interests. Pointing to the CBA doesn't hold much water to me considering that the people most affected by the draft (the draftees) did not have their interests represented when the CBA was formed.

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