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While the norm as been to work around NCAA rules, we believe that the interests of players, schools, the NCAA, and agents would be well served if the system for advising amateur baseball players was structured in accordance with NCAA bylaws. An agent cannot advocate on behalf of an amateur athlete because NCAA rules prohibit players from retaining an agent’s services. A baseball player drafted by an MLB team is unlikely to be capable of effectively negotiating a contract, let alone obtaining full market value for his talents. Major League Draft Services provides amateur baseball players impartial expert guidance by professionals who can decipher MLB contracts and understand the marketplace.
All of our services and products are 100% NCAA compliant, guaranteeing that they will not jeopardize a player’s NCAA college eligibility. In the high stakes world of professional baseball, young athletes represented by inexperienced and overpriced agents or their own parents are unlikely to obtain contracts that protect their best interests or maximize the value of their talents.
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Unbiased advice on the pros and cons between attending college or going professional, estimated signing bonus guidelines, how the MLB Draft system works, what it means if a scouting director travels to a player’s game, what showcases are more important than others, and how to choose an agent, etc., is based on extensive research and expertise, ensuring that the client will receive the highest standard of counsel. The comprehensive services provided by Major League Draft Services are an extensive resource system of the highest caliber, oriented with the sole purpose of serving the interests of prospective draftees and their families. Our goal is to educate and provide you with all of the pertinent information about the Draft process, enabling you to forgo the costs and avoid the risks associated that often accompany the services of an agent/advisor.
Baseball is the only major sport that does not currently have a system that regulates how much drafted players are paid. When the current collective bargaining agreement runs out in December 2011, it is expected that baseball will seek to implement a mandatory signing system for Draft picks, similar to the one used by the NBA. Since 2002, baseball has made recommendations to teams as a guideline, but teams are not required to follow them. In the NBA, each draft position is assigned a salary figure and contracts cannot be negotiated 20% above or below that figure. In the NFL, there is a rookie salary pool, and each team can divide up the money however it wishes, as long as it does not exceed their total.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig appears ready to push for a change from the current system. Speaking on Draft issues, Selig stated:
“We need… [hard] slotting. There is no question about it. I’ve had many clubs on all sides, small-market, big market [sic], medium-market—we’re going to have slotting… That will be [one] of our great priorities in 2011. There’s no question about it. We need that. That is one that really exacerbates the differences [between organizations].”
The proposed slotting system appears to have several major benefits for the game as a whole:
1) While the MLB Player’s Association appears to oppose the proposition, the slotting system would free up large sums of money that teams would have spent on overpaid rookie prospects. This would allow current players to demand and receive more money from their respective clubs.
2) The slotting system would allow small market teams to sign top prospects. These teams have been unable to sign many first round talents due to the high asking prices of these players. A slotting system would allow the gap in payroll to be bridged.
3) While sports agents adamantly oppose the idea, baseball executives are tired of dealing with inexperienced agents looking to profit off of new draftees. With no room to negotiate, players will have little need for high paid agents until it is time to renegotiate after several years in the league.
While baseball agents presumably want their clients to get drafted as high as possible, even in today's draft system, seeing a client “fall” to a team like the Yankees or Red Sox might actually be preferred over seeing that client taken earlier by a small market team. That would change in a Draft where salaries are predetermined, regardless of a drafting team's resources. In that setting, the goal of the agent would clearly be to have his or her player drafted as high as possible. So agents could still play a role, though it would be a significantly reduced one.