2009 Draft: MLB cuts slot bonuses 10%

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Via Baseball America, Major League Baseball will reduce it’s recommended slot bonuses for 2009 by ten percent across the board. MLB also reduced slot money by 10% back in 2007, fearing that the new August 15th signing deadline would give players increased leverage in contract negotiations. Slot for the Yanks’ first pick, #29 overall, was expected to be around $1.25M, but will now be approximately $1.125M. Slot money for the 76th overall pick goes from $530,000 to $477,000, give or take a couple thousand dollars.

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Understanding Option Years
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  • V

    And this is going to keep the Yankees from paying Purke $4-6M?

    Nope.

    • jsbrendog

      or the natinals from paying strausburg whatever he wants

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I don’t think that “Natinals” joke is going to ever get old.

        I hope they redraft Aaron Crow and list him as “Aarn Crw” in the media guide.

        • UWS

          I think I missed the birth of the “Natinals” meme. Help?

          • pat
            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Maybe on “Turn Back The Clock” day, they can wear jerseys that say “Senatrs”.

              • pat

                Or they’ll make a mistake and call it “Turn Back the Cock” day.

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

                  Superb.

            • UWS

              That is awesome. Thanks!

      • MattG

        Hey, I think I know where the Natinals ‘O’ went–onto Strausburg’s check!

        See, they can only afford so many Os…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          http://www.instantcrickets.com

          See, that’s why I abandoned my “Octavio Dotel” joke. You can’t just keep going back to the well…

  • Bo

    The slot money thing is a joke. Whatever team abides by it does a disservice to their organization. it is such a clear advantage for the teams going over. ie porcello. he would have been the top pick. the tigers, coming off a world series, get the best hs pitcher. they should either negotiate a slotting system with the union or abandon the farce.

  • pat

    This whole system is such a joke. An even bigger joke is that some teams use it.

  • Whizzo The Wize

    Whizzo predicts as much adherence to the slot system as a 55 mph sign on the Turnpike gets.

    • jsbrendog

      very well played. get out of the lft lane KANSIS CITY!!

      • Whizzo The Wize

        Whizzo’s delays come mostly at the hands of drivers from Texas.

        This confuses Whizzo, as he is unaware of a shared border between New Jersey and Texas.

        Regardless; “GET OUT OF WHIZZO’S LEFT LANE!!!”

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          The worst three license plates to be stuck behind in the Tri-State:

          Rhode Island
          Florida
          North Carolina

          You’re practically guaranteeing yourself someone driving 15 miles below the speed limit, drifting in between both lanes because he/she doesn’t know where he/she is going. Excruciating.

          Pennsylvania gets honorable mention.

          • UWS

            Surely you mean DIS-honorable mention?

          • pat

            Holy Schneikeys RI drivers are the WORST. They have ABSOLUTELY no clue how to properly use a turning lane.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            I think you’re underrating Massachusetts and Ohio. Fucking Ohio. It sounds tame, but goddamnit they breed indecisive drivers.

          • derrick

            you forgot to mention mass drivers, they are up there whith bad driving

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              JoePow and derrick, good point.

              There’s a reason they call them “Massholes”, you know.

        • tim randle

          I’m disappointed in TSJC’s lack of commentary:

          This confuses Whizzo, as he Whizzo is unaware of a shared border between New Jersey and Texas.

          and two, Whizzo’s mere act of confusion disheartens me…

          :(

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Eh, technically “he” is still third person, but yeah, you’re right, it’s better for Whizzo to avoid any pronouns at all.

            George likes spicy chicken.

            • tim randle

              does TJSC actually know all these Seinfeld quotes, or does TJSC look some up now and then?

              wish i’d watched more Seinfeld in college…

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                They’re in my head.

                One of my favorites:

                Kramer: I didn’t know you could come out of a coma!
                Jerry: I didn’t know you could possibly not know that…

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Yankees and Red Sox representatives on the conference call where the slot reduction was made aware: “Yeah, that’s nice, can I go now?”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You think we were actually on the conference call… how quaint of you.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        I think it’d go like this, an in person meeting:

        MLB Rep: So, Mr. Cashman, we just wanted to let you know that we’re reducing the recommended slot bonuses by 10% this year.
        Cash (pointing to self with thumbs): Hey, sport: What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap? Brian Cashman. Nice to meet you.

        • pat

          haha

    • Will (the other one)

      I like the thought of some Cashman intern sitting in on the call. “Uh-huh, uh-huh, yes, sir. Absolutely, sir. We’ll be sure to take that into consideration, sir.”

      Then he goes out and buys everybody Chinese food for lunch. Including Whizzo.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I picture Big Bank Hank on the speakerphone making the jerk-off motion in the air with their hand, Rumsfeld style.

        http://www.theonion.com/conten.....rk-Off.jpg

        • Will (the other one)

          Touche’, salesman. Touche’.

  • V

    Btw – via BaseballProspectus – http://baseballprospectus.com/.....cleid=8950

    They have the Yankees getting Gaby Sanchez for $3M. More likely to stick at catcher, but not as good of a bat as Jesus Montero.

    Also says the Yankees (and everyone else) might get into a bidding war with the Pirates for Miguel Sano (Pirates currently the faves).

    Also hints at a couple of Cubans ticketed to ‘the same big-market ballclub’.

    Has scouting reports, etc. (btw, if you’re not a subscriber to BP, you’re missing out).

    • MattG

      That was before HQ called, though, right? So the offer is now $2.7mm?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Is it Gaby Sanchez or Gary Sanchez? I’m getting conflicting reports on various sites via google searches. What the hell is this kid’s name?

      • UWS

        Melvin Croussett.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW!

          Melvin Croussett once played a series of exhibition games against himself. It was called “The 1927 New York Yankees Season”.

      • V

        Sorry, it’s Gary.

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