The new CBA restricted the spending in the international markets, and had all of the framework for a draft. The key difference is that teams at the bottom of the standings, with low bonus pools, can currently spend all of their money on a top prospect. Under a draft, the top prospects would go to the teams who need them.
I don't know if Pirates fans should be opposed to this. The Pirates have been successful adding guys like Starling Marte ($85,000), Alen Hanson ($150,000), Gregory Polanco ($75,000), and Dilson Herrera ($220,000). Under the current system the Pirates don't have to worry about how many of these guys they can sign. The prices will go up on some, with other teams getting interested. However, the Pirates have more control over whether they land all of the guys they want to land.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.