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The rules about what teams and draftees can talk about are pretty ridiculous

Jun 5, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

Carlos Rodon Carlos Rodon

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has obtained the memo which is sent to teams and agents outlining the way teams, players and their “advisors” can and cannot communicate before the draft. As Passan notes, it’s a total joke of a sham wrapped in a facade. It’s contradictory, divorced from reality and prohibits certain behavior couched in one set of terms while totally allowing the same basic behavior if couched in different terms. Go check it out.

It’s pushing so close to a basic free-for-all, they may as well just make it one.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Ridiculous rules that aren’t not really followed until the are (Philly)
    Gotta love the NCAA supporting the idea of keeping a young man from all the help he can get when he has to negotiate with seasoned professionals.

  2. powershowcase - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Calcaterra on what must be a sloooow day in news, “breaks” some news (and yes once again referencing someone else’s work) on an issue that has been around for at least a decade, if not longer. Whoof.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      You don’t exactly get how blogging works, do you?

      • rocketsteadman - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Seems like every day there’s at least one that just doesn’t quite get it

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        I don’t get it. I’m not a fan of Fox News, so you don’t see me in their articles making comments on their stories. If people don’t like Craig’s cup of tea, why come here?

  3. dlf9 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Here’s a thought*: with the advent of fairly hard caps on what teams can spend on amatuers, why not just do away with the draft? It would drive the bidding up on the Bryce Harpers, Ken Griffeys, as well as the Ben McDonalds and Brien Taylors, but wouldn’t change the overall spending or inflate total payrolls.

    *Not originating with me. I think I read it on the BJOL site.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      So small market teams never get the best players?

      You’re a Yankee fan aintcha?

      • dlf9 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Ummm no, I’m not a Yankee fan. Again, there is a hard cap. The Yanks can’t outspend the Royals on total to amatuer players. Let’s say there is a consensus #1 who is now available. Perhaps the Yanks decide to spend their entire budget on him. The Royals decide to go another direction and stockpile 50 players who are top 2-3 round talents but with the Yanks money (and that of other teams who overspend on ‘top ten’ players) now off the table are going to get significantly less than present slot money. That consensus player may be Griffey, Chipper or A-Rod … or may be Luke Hoechevar or Kris Benson or Jeff King. I’d give long odds on the team using its money across multiple players getting by far the better end of the deal.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        And the best players will chose the large markets because it makes them more money in the long run.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        imnotyourbuddyguy – Jun 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM
        And the best players will chose the large markets because it makes them more money in the long run.

        I disagree with the idea of getting rid of the draft for a free agent free for all… but I don’t agree with this statement either. Don’t teams like the Green Bay Packers, San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Red Wings seem to do pretty well?

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        The Spurs don’t get Duncan without a draft that puts them in a position to get him over the Knicks and Celtics.

        (thanks to a David Robinson injury)

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        The Pittsburgh Penguins fold and relocate because they don’t have the money to sign Malkin or Crosby in a silly system like the poster suggested.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Like I said, I do not support getting rid of the draft system. But I believe that your statement that only big market teams would be able to sign free agents is not true. I believe that well run teams sign free agents, especially under a hard cap. The Knicks are in the largest market in the NBA but haven’t been able to sign (quality) free agents because until Phil Jackson came around lately they were one of the worst run teams in sports.

        My view could be biased though, I do live in LA, which is a large market.

  4. glennsyank13 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Are they allowed to ask if they always balk when they pitch like the guy in the picture?

  5. sfm073 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Not trying to be a jerk, but Craig why can’t you ever get info like this? It’s seems like your articles are based around steroids, Alex Rodriguez and Puig. You’re a really smart talented guy who’s wasting his abilities on trying to disprove those you disagree with.

    • DJ MC - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Because Craig is not a reporter. It’s a completely different job.

      It’s like asking a college history professor why they can’t teach third graders how to play soccer. They work in the same general profession (writing) but in very different areas.

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