2019 top draft pick, Oregon State's Adley Rutschman (USA Baseball)


Seifert: What The MLB Draft’s Future Should Look Like


With the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) due to expire after the 2021 season, change is likely in the works in many areas other than just the draft moving from New Jersey to Omaha. With revenues continuing to increase annually, MLB is now a $10.7 billion industry. Add in a $5.1 billion extension with FOX Sports, which begins in 2022 and runs through 2028, and everyone from the team owners to the players to the player agencies want a bigger piece of the pie. And all three parties are equally important when it comes to collectively building the next successful agreement.

Today we will look at one part of the CBA, the Rule 4 First-Year Player (Amateur) Draft, and will recommend beneficial changes for all parties involved. Tomorrow, we will dive further into the effects and benefits these potential changes may bring to the players involved, MLB, college baseball and sports agencies.

Sidenote, below is the type of money we are talking about…

  • 2018 Total Bonus Pools for all clubs: $255,969,600 increased 4.2% from 2017.
  • 2018 Total Bonuses spent for all clubs, All Rounds: $294,648,102. Rounds 1-10 $244,829,937. After the 10th round $49,818,165.
  • 2019 Total Bonus Pools for all clubs: $266,480,400 increased 4.1% from 2018.
  • 2019 Total Bonuses spent for all clubs, All Rounds: $316,560,984.
  • Estimated $12.66M* was earned in 2019 by player agents for their part in negotiating signing bonuses. (*4% commission of $316.5M. Typical commissions range from 3-5% of signing bonuses, and not every player has an agent)

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