Buster Olney provided several updates on the possible changes that could take place under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which Olney reports is "on the ten-yard line".
-The big issue has been the owners' demands for hard slotting. One solution involves bonuses for the top ten rounds. Teams would have a ceiling based on the slot prices for the first ten rounds of the draft. This wouldn't restrict a team from going over-slot on any individual pick, although a team would have to keep it under the ten round total. Teams would be taxed the first time they went over the total, and they would "lose a top pick" the second time.
This past year, the slot prices for the top ten rounds for the Pirates totaled $6.13 M (using $150 K for rounds six through ten, where there are no official slot prices). Gerrit Cole alone would have topped that ceiling, although the Pirates could have gotten around that by giving him a major league contract (because for some reason, MLB doesn't care...
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