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Why Not Trade Draft Picks?
Unlike the NBA, NFL or NHL, you can't trade draft picks in baseball. The restriction seems a relic of the past and doesn't allow teams to maximize the value of a high draft position.

The big buzz word in the MLB draft as opposed to the other sports league drafts is "signability." Many times a team with a high pick take a lesser-skilled player because they know he'll cost less to sign, thus often negating their draft position.

From my understanding, baseball doesn't allow teams to trade picks as legacy of an era when the Kansas City A's kept shipping talent to the Yankees. The owners were worried the big market teams would just trade for all the top picks. The draft was a way for the usual last-place teams to be forced to get better.

But in an era of free agency and luxury taxes, this doesn't make sense any more. If you are a low-revenue club that can't sign a Scott Boras client, then trade down. Get some extra picks or players as a reward for your draft position, rather than just pick a more "signable" player. Some teams, like the Giants in recent memory, may feel that first-round picks are not worth the money. Other GMs may try to trade for first-round picks and hoard them as a way to supercharge their farm system.

Trading picks would only help good GMs get better. The current restrictions seem to work against the premise of the draft, which is to make the bad teams better. Instead if often limits their ability to maximize the value of those picks. Why keep this system going?

Posted by Peter Schoenke at 6/7/2007 10:16:00 AM

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Price Check - Richie Sexson
Inspired by Scott Pianowski's Bobby Abreu post, if you were re-drafting today, how much would you be willing to pay for Richie Sexson? In a 11-12 team AL-only 5x5 league, with a $260 budget.

I'll start the bidding at $12.

How about in a mixed league? I'd have to stop at $6-7.

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 6/6/2007 11:27:00 AM

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Tallest leadoff man ever?
Since Corey Hart was inserted into the leadoff spot for the Brewers he's gone 9-for-25 with two home runs, four stolen bases and four walks in seven games. If he keeps up that kind of production, there's a decent chance that he'll remain in the leadoff spot even after Rickie Weeks returns from the DL.

That he's played so well really isn't the strangest part. The thing that catches my attention is that Hart is 6 foot 6 inches tall. Can anyone think of a leadoff batter who was taller than Hart? It seems odd for someone so tall to bat at the top of the order, but here's probably why he's there - he's actually the fastest guy on the team.

Hart posted a 60-yard dash of 6.59 seconds during spring training, the fastest time on the team. He's nine for nine on stolen base attempts this season. The best comp for that type of size/speed combo I can think of off the top of my head is Dave Winfield. Were there any other players like that?

Posted by Herb at 6/5/2007 8:09:00 PM

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Price Check - Bobby Abreu
Say you walk into an AL-only auction for the rest of 2007, 12 teams and 5x5, today. No keepers, it's one-and-done. What's the price on Bobby Abreu?

I'm not even sure I'd set one - assuming the bidding didn't stop insanely early, I'd just let him go. For sake of argument . . . $14.

What's your number?

Posted by pianow at 6/4/2007 8:11:00 PM

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Yankees to make playoffs
While everyone is pretty much counting out New York, itís hard to imagine this team not making a strong run over the final four months of the season. Without a doubt, theyíve played poor baseball through eight weeks, and 13.5 games is a deep enough hole to probably discount any chance of overtaking Boston in the AL East. If thatís not bad enough, seven teams are currently ahead of them in the wild card race, so itís easy to see why many foresee an October sans the Yankees.

However, the task may not be as difficult as it seems. A closer look at the teams ahead in the standings reveals a couple of frauds (Orioles, Mariners), a duo thatís getting ravaged by injuries (Blue Jays, Athletics) and two others that are frankly inferior in talent (Twins, White Sox). Which leaves us with the wild card leading Tigers, who are up 7.5 games as of now. Itís a solid team, but one with an imploding bullpen, injury-prone key players (Carlos Guillen/Gary Sheffield) and an aging vet playing like Babe Ruth (Magglio Ordonez).

But enough about the other teams, because when New York starts playing in accordance with their talent that suits up, it wonít matter. Entering the season, the Yankees looked like one of the three best teams in baseball, with the Red Sox and Mets also in the picture. Not enough has changed in my mind to drastically alter that viewpoint. In one-run games this year, the Yankees are 2-10, so expect that to start evening out soon. Of the top-five teams with the best on-base percentages this year, four of them have a top-five record in baseball. And then there are the Yankees, whose .353 OBP ranks third best, and yet their record doesnít correlate like the others.

So itís pitching thatís been the culprit. A 4.70 team ERA is ugly, but a starting rotation of Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang and some scrub (eventually Phil Hughes?) not only form a solid staff, but one of the better rotations in the AL. The bullpen has problems, but Mariano Rivera is still there for the ninth. Combine that with one of the most dangerous lineups MLB has seen in years, and this team still looks like one of the best in the league. I donít like the Yankees, and in fact, I hope they finish in last place, but people should not be so quick to assume their demise.

Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/3/2007 5:18:00 PM
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