The hope from this morning was that the dozen-or-so teams currently under penalties might be able to participate – if for no other reason than the fact that the Player’s Union would want a chance to get more money flowing for the annual signing period for teen Latin prospects.
Instead, not only are those prior penalties now still in place, but there’s insight into future penalties for bad behavior… which seems to have real teeth to them this time around:
Source: New CBA includes "death penalty" for teams caught cheating internationally. MLB can penalize up to 50% of int'l pool $ through 2021.
The other reason for hope that everyone would start with a clean slate (other than the wording of the snippets released this morning) was that while the Union was stridently opposed to an International Draft system, it frankly doesn’t sound like their side got much in return for the owners’ side imposing this ‘hard’ annual spending cap Internationally.
This new cap system will benefit smaller market teams a bit, but as outlined this morning, it will also have the net effect of putting in the kinds of cost controls that ownership wanted with a draft system.
True – the biggest change for the players involved free agent compensation. Qualifying Offers will not be as burdensome to free agents who decline them as it had been. But that’s not nearly on par with this International spending cap system.