I missed this the other day, but in light of the problems in the Dominican, the chatter about a potential worldwide draft is increasing:
Recent cases of fraud and potential corruption involving the signing of baseball players in Latin America have cast new attention to the possibility of a worldwide draft in major league baseball.
Increasingly, there is a call for baseball and its union to adopt an international draft in the next collective bargaining agreement in 2012 as a way to streamline and clean up the way players from outside North America are acquired, particularly in talent-rich places like the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Moreover, supporters say a draft would provide an equal playing field among teams that recruit in Latin America.
And there certainly are problems down there and in other countries not subject to the draft. It’s worth noting, however, that apart from addressing the kickbacks and other unseemliness, the powers that be in baseball have another, less-noble incentive to institute a draft, and that’s to scale back the bonuses Dominican free agents have been getting in recent years. There’s no escaping the fact that an international draft would work to lower salaries. And maybe that’s worth doing if it does other good things. But in light of this obvious effect, you’d think that the writer would have asked someone from the union for a quote or two.
(thanks, as always, to Pete Toms for the link)