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Boras Claims New MLB Draft Rules Limiting Spending Created "Artificial Behavior"
Published June 7, 2012
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SPREADING THE WEALTH: Crane suggested yesterday that his club's under-slot agreement with Correa "will help the Astros sign some of the more demanding high school players they drafted." Crane said, "We've approved the amount, and we hope that he'll sign this agreement and pass the physical." Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said that no deal "was in place before the draft (such an agreement would be against the rules), but he got a good understanding of what it would take." In Houston, Zachary Levine noted the Astros have $11.2M "to put toward their first 11 picks, with any overages costing them a tax and/or forfeiture of picks." Anything under the slot value of $7.2M "for the first pick can help them keep tough-to-sign players" (CHRON.com, 6/6).
HUFFING AND PUFFING: In Chicago, Phil Rogers notes while the Cubs "paid as much due diligence to Almora as anyone else in the 2012 draft," President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer and Senior VP Jason McLeod "apparently missed one or two factors." Either Almora "doesn't want to play for the Cubs or he doesn't care how he comes across to Cubs fans, and neither is a good thing." But Rogers writes, "I don't think anyone should overreact, because Almora almost certainly is going to sign with the Cubs before the July 13 deadline. That's what I think, anyway. But it's always smart to listen when Boras -- or, in this case, a Boras client -- is talking. Almora has taken the first step into the territory of J.D. Drew/Philadelphia Phillies, circa 1998, and nobody wants to go there." Boras was "beside himself after the draft spending limits were announced in November." Rogers: "So how far will he go to challenge the changes the players union, long under the influence of the most powerful agents, signed off on?" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/7).