Report: MLB, MLBPA delay implementing international draft beyond 2014
Major League Baseball will not hold an international draft in 2014, according to sources in a Yahoo! Sports report.
The league and the MLB Players Association are expected to announce they could not reach an agreement on the draft’s framework before a June 1 deadline. Both organizations are expected to continue pursuing a future international draft to help curb corruption throughout the Latin American baseball pipeline. Major League Baseball has uncovered an increasing occurrence of identity fraud, scouts demanding kickbacks from multimillion bonuses and the use of performance enhancing drugs among Latin American prospects.
Opponents of a centralized international draft fear their talent pool will dry up, using Puerto Rico as an example after its prospects were included in MLB’s annual Rule 4 draft.
Critics also fear the establishment of an international draft will provide MLB another tool for curtailing multimillion-dollar bonuses for signees. MLB has proposed establishing a slotting system for international players and domestic draft picks.