Posted by Mack Ade at 3:00 PM
Michael Salfino @MichaelSalfino
The new MLB draft rules are tough to get around. You have to pay penalties and going over 5% over cap costs you a pick. So to be fair, Mets could have drafted Lucas Giolito but probably not Lance McCullers (or a similar talent value) irrespective of finances. But. also to be fair, Mets generally did not go over slot in past, though they did a little with Brandon Nimmo. Mets could have gone over by about $350k with just 75% tax and could have found maybe another $500k elsewhere. But you can’t just not sign a pick and take that $$. Team with first pick has such an advantage because they can go way under and then over later.
Everybody continues to have trouble understanding this new system but, so far, the Mets have made it pretty simple.
They have picked to draft players below the talent level the of the slot and offer them less money than they could have.
The top 8 Met picks were under-slotted, highlighted with Teddy Stankiewicz telling the Mets to go suck an egg.
Pick Player Slot Actual Savings
012 Cecchini $2,550,000 $2,300,000 $250,000
035 Plawecki $1,467,400 $1,400,000 $67,400
071 Reynolds $723,600 $525,000 $198,600
075 Stankiewicz $680,400
107 Koch $445,400 $425,000 $20,400
140 Kaupe $323,900 $225,000 $98,900
170 Welch $242,600 $200,000 $42,600
200 Boyd $181,700 $150,000 $31,700
230 Oswalt $146,600 $475,000 ($328,400)
260 Nido $136,900 $250,000 ($113,100)
290 Rodriguez $127,900 $10,000 $117,900
320 Sewald $125,000 $1,000 $124,000
350 Taylor $100,000 $150,000 ($50,000)
440 Flexen $100,000 $374,400 ($274,400)
Total: $7,151,400 $6,285,400 $185,600
It just seemed to me that you are drafting inferior players available to you, trying to save money, so you can offer it later to players that… aren’t around anymore.
What’s wrong with a more aggressive approach here (all players mentioned were available when the Mets picks came up and were well projected to be future starts in this business):
012 – OF Courtney Hawkins -$2.550 - $2.475 $75,000
(what he signed for with CWS)
035 – SP Lance McCullers -$1.467mil - $2.5mil – ($1.023)
071 – OF Anthony Alford - $723.6K - $1.467mil – ($743,4K)
(what he signed for)
075 – P Teddy Stankiewicz - $680,400 - $680,400 - 0
Okay, I’m around a mil, seven over slot, have drafted four top players, signed them for what they signed with other teams (or, in the case of Stankiewicz, what he was promised by the Mets) and all I have to do is replace the picks of Oswalt, Nido, Taylor, and Flexen and I’ve saved $770K of it.
This is how teams like the Boston Red Sox approach this process. Sign 4-5 great players and fill in the rest with roster players.
I can’t speak for you, but I feel the Mets future would be much better if Hawkins, McCullers, Alford, and Stankiewicz were playing in Savannah this season.