When details of the new baseball collective bargaining agreement started to leak out Wednesday night, one aspect, in particular, caught the eye of Rangers GM Jon Daniels.
It was the flattening out of bonus pools for International Scouting, putting all teams, more or less, on a level playing field there. There will be no international draft, but there also won’t be a huge difference between what the team with the worst record in the majors gets to spend on Young jersey cheap Latin talent and the best.
Or, at the very least, it’s more of a competitive balance. Over the four years of the slotted bonus pool system, the Rangers’ average pool has been about $2.5 million less than the team with the highest pool. According to multiple reports, the new system will have three tiers based on team revenues with bonus pools of $5.75 million; $5.25 million and $4.75 million. They are likely to fall right on the line between the teams with the highest revenues and middle tier. Either way, there won’t be more than $1 million between what they have to spend and what their competitors have.
“We view that as a positive development,” Daniels said. “The bottom line is that before it was a huge advantage to have a lesser record when it comes to the amateur market. I don’t know if you want to call it incentive to lose, but it was, I think, one of the unintended consequences.
“This would put it back more into the hands of the evaluators the scouts and the analysts. We feel very confident that we have some of the best evaluators in the game. You take away the financial advantages and the strategy that goes with it and it puts people back to more equal footing about making the best baseball decisions. That’s an area where we thrive.”
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Under Daniels, the Rangers have mined Latin America, signing Martin Perez jersey cheap, Jurickson Profar jersey cheap, Rougned Odor jersey cheap and Nomar Mazara jersey cheap to name a few major leaguers. The next wave of Rangers talent is loaded with Latin American talent including Leody Taveras, who might be the best prospect in the system, Andy Ibanez, Ariel Jurado and Yohander Mendez jersey cheap.
Over the years, the Rangers have been hit hard on their Young jersey cheap Latin players in trade talks and they’ve held on to them like gold. It has started to pay off in the majors.
The new CBA gives the Rangers more opportunity to keep the pipeline flowing with fewer restrictions.