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MLB makes up another rule, Mets approve

Dec 7, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

Bud Selig Reuters

Under the old free agent system, the Mets would have gotten the Marlins’ third-round pick next summer (plus a compensation pick between the first and second rounds) for losing Jose Reyes. MLB, though, is still working through this whole draft-pick compensation thing after the new CBA, and let it be known today that the Mets will get the Marlins’ second-rounder instead.

The Marlins’ second-rounder was supposed to go to San Diego for Heath Bell. That’s because Bell placed higher than Reyes in the Elias Rankings, which, until a couple of weeks ago, had been the determining factor when it came to free agent compensation. The Marlins couldn’t lose their first-rounder since, as one of the league’s bottom 15 teams last season, that pick was protected.

Now the Padres will get a newly created pick just before the Marlins’ scheduled second-round pick as part of the compensation for Bell. The Mets are due the second-rounder…. for now anyway. There’s no word yet on what will happen if the Marlins sign Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder. Previously, such a move would have knocked the Mets’ pick from the third round down to the fourth round.

  1. theonlynolan - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    MLB doesn’t know either and are seemingly content to just make shit up as they go along.

    • CJ - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      what? are you suprised?

  2. cur68 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    So paying mega-bucks for a guy who’ll be in his 40’s by the time the deal is run isn’t punishment enough, they might have had to give up a 3rd round pick and settle for a 4th? This might just wind up being “bullet = dodged Macondo™ edition” territory when its all said and done and Phat Al remains a Card.

    Oh, & the “smug Bud”: my fave Bud pic. You blogger guys must have pet names for these shots.

  3. dabendschein - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Damn straight. The Mets should not be punished for MLB’s failure to get their new rules figured out before free agency. It made zero sense for the Marlins get to keep their 2nd round pick after signing Reyes just because they signed Health Bell. The whole principle of the compensation is to disincentivize teams from grabbing too many premium free agents. If the ruling had been allowed to stand it would have meant that Marlins had a great big incentive to sign two premium players. From their perspective, and granted that they did need a closer, it would have almost made sense to sign Heath Bell just to keep the draft pick.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:54 PM

      I think you missed the part where the Marlins were already losing their second rounder to the Padres, but now are losing it to the Mutts instead. Nobody anywhere said the Marlins should get to keep their second rounder. Now they lose their second rounder to the Mutts and the Padres get a compensation pick right before the pick they were supposed to get.

      It’s their first round pick that people think they should lose for spending a ton of cash after tanking with a crappy payroll for the last few years.

      • caputop - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:52 PM

        I don’t get why this is a “new rule” or why MLB even said that the mets would get the third round pick.

        Didn’t they say that they were reclassifying all the Type A relief pitchers as soon as they signed the new CBA, and that no one would have to give up a pick to sign them. Or did I just imagine everyone mocking the Phillies for signing Paplebon before the new CBA was signed?

  4. mojosmagic - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    The Marlins sucked because they put no money into their club as they waited on the stadium. Why then should they be rewarded by having a protected first round pick while spending money like drunk sailers? If a team falls below a spending threshold then all bets are off or would that make to much sense.

    • CJ - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      rest assured that anything that makes too much sense will not be found in MLB rules.

    • Joe - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      I don’t like or agree with Florida’s ownership and business practices, but to be fair to the Marlins, this is a team that was just under .500 in 2010, and spent most of last year without their two best players. They were in second place in early June.

  5. brohancruyff - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    The real crime here is that Heath Bell was rated above Jose Reyes in any measurement of player value

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