If the Mets seriously want to sign Bourn, they will have to make an agreement with his agent, Scott Boras. After they have agreed to a deal, then they can go to MLB to protest losing the 11th pick in the 2013 draft and forfeit a 2nd round pick instead. MLB will then have to agree to this rule change or they may not.
If the MLB approves the rule change for the Mets beforehand, Boras can just use the Mets to bid up the price for the Mariners or Rangers. The a priori rule change will probably increase Bourn's contract value and hence Boras' compensation therefrom.
~~~ Before the mlb will rule on A decision .The Mets basically have to agree to sign Bourn.So,after the Mets sign him,the mlb can still basically say nope and scr#w the Mets out of the pick. What A crock. ~~~
I can't understand why the MLB Union doesn't get involved. If it's true that only the Mets and the Mariners are interested in Bourn, then he'll be missing out on a bidding war for him if the Mets are out of the running because of the loophole. If that happens, the Mariners can name their price.
~~~ If MLB allows Mets to protect their draft pick & sign Bourn I beleive it will not effect any other team. ~~~
I think the Braves will sue. They'll lose a 1st round draft pick.
I beg to differ.
1) The Mets Harvard GM should have been protesting this months ago when Pittsburgh was awarded the #9 pick since they didn't sign their #8 pick from last year due to Scott Boras' expectations that Mark Appel would be the #1 pick with a $7.2 million slot bonus vs. the Pitt. offer of $3.8 million which was over slot for the # 8 pick. The Met GM should have protested this immediately when the Mets were bumped to #11 from #10.
2) Now Scott Boras is having a hard time getting a BJ Upton deal for Bourn because it appears that only Seattle is negotiating. The Rangers are probably monitoring. Frankly, Bourn is not worthy of BJ Upton $ since he lacks power which Upton has along with a higher ceiling. So Boras is suggesting that the Mets protest the #11 unprotected slot so as to entice the Mets to get into the bidding.
The reason for the new CBA rules with regards to both the hard slotting of draft choices in the 1st ten rounds and the protecting of only the 1st ten draft choices is to keep the FA contracts lower & to prevent Scott Boras from manipulating the markets.
If the Mets get this exemption before they were to outbid Seattle or Texas, then Seattle or Texas will be forced to overpay for Bourn by then outbidding the Mets. In this scenario the only beneficiaries would be that Bourn would have an inflated contract value & Boras would be overcompensated as a result.
~~~ If a team w/ top 10 pick signs Bourn what does Atlanta get in 2013 draft? ~~~
I think they get a 2nd round pick.
2013 Draft order
Atlanta get 32nd pick which becomes 31st if Mets lose #11 and could go to #30 depending on where Lohse signs