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Vazquez has too much value for Braves to move
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Where were the Mets?If any team needed Scott Hairston, it was the Mets. Hairston, playing his home games at Petco Park, hit 10 home runs for the Padres, a total that would have tied him with Gary Sheffield for the Mets' team lead.
Fix the draft now
Agent Scott Boras is not the only one who believes it's ridiculous
that an international player such as Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman
can command untold millions as a free agent while a draft-eligible
amateur such as Stephen Strasburg can negotiate only with the club
that selected him.
One management official predicts that the distribution of amateur talent will be the "single-biggest issue" in the next round of labor negotiations. The current labor agreement expires in 2011, and two of the biggest issues in recent talks revenue sharing and drug testing should require little more than tweaking.
The difficulty of implementing a worldwide draft is a subject for another day, but one club executive refers to the domestic draft as "a broken-down piece of machinery that is irreparable."
Clubs value prospects like never before at a time when the seemingly diminished use of performance-enhancing drugs is forcing players to age more normally.
Thus, it's imperative that baseball figures out how to fix the system, making it fairer for all 30 clubs.