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Tensions escalate between MLB and Dominican scouts

Apr 26, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for dominican republic flag.jpgMLB Trade Rumors’ Nick Collias continues to stay on top of the increasingly strained relationship between Major League Baseball and various baseball factions in the Dominican Republic. The latest: scouts have barred members of the Major League Scouting Bureau from watching players at several recent exhibitions on the island. In apparent retaliation, Major League Baseball shut down a Dominican Prospect League game that was using MLB facilities despite the fact that MLB had, in the past, approved of the DPL doing just that.

As has been noted several times before, the end game here is the international draft sought by Major League Baseball. Between now and then, however, it appears as though there will be an increasing number of the sort of skirmishes Nick describes.  To that end, Nick’s posts — which benefit from his reading of the Spanish language pres — will be must-reading on the subject.

  1. Darryl - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    This is gonna get ugly.

  2. BC - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Why can’t MLB unilaterally institute the draft across the board? You don’t get drafted, you don’t play.
    I don’t think this would impact free agency. If a player gets cut after being drafted, they can sign with whomever. Doing this would at least given the lousy teams the first shot.
    Only danger I can see is if a player pulls a JD Drew and goes back into the draft the next year, but then the player loses a year, so that’s not too big of a deal.

  3. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Why can’t MLB unilaterally institute the draft across the board? You don’t get drafted, you don’t play.

    They could, but this only hurts the players and helps the owners by keeping salaries down, especially if the owners try to push through hard slotting. And the myth about the lousy teams losing out on IFA should stop considering the Reds signed Chapman (for double what Strasberg got) and the Blue Jays got Hechevarria(sp).

  4. Grant - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Changes to the draft are subject to collective bargaining.

  5. BC - Apr 26, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    The draft is subject to the CBA even though players don’t join the union until they reach MLB? That seems odd.

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