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 offic...
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