There's one thing the new Collective Bargaining Agreement got right about the MLB draft, and that was speeding up the process to sign draft picks. Under the old system, MLB would delay over-slot deals. Teams would have agreements in place with players on July 6th, but MLB wouldn't approve the deals until the end of July, or the beginning of August. That cost the Pirates a few picks, including Dace Kime in the 2010 draft.

The big problem with the old system was that MLB tried to make it look like they had a slotting system that was effective. They would delay signings under the belief that it would deter teams from going over slot. The truth was that they were only delaying the inevitable. The new system comes with harsh penalties for going over the total bonus pool, especially if you ex...

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