Two updates on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the draft slotting talks that are holding the agreement back:
-Jon Heyman tweets that MLB and the union aren't far from a new CBA deal, but draft slotting is still a snag. Heyman mentions that Bud Selig is pushing for hard slotting, which we already knew. However, he also mentions that small market teams want hard slotting.
That last comment might seem strange to Pirates fans, who have watched their small market team take advantage of the draft like no other team, spending a league leading $48 M over the last four drafts. However, not all small market teams take advantage of the system, as seen in Baseball America's breakdown of the draft spending from 2007-2011. While teams like the Pirates, Royals, and Orioles were in the top five in draft spending, teams like the Marlins, Athletics, and Twins were in the bottom half in draft spending, with each team spending less than half of what the Pirates spent.
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