After finally shaking the shakes from the realization that not only would "Miami" Jose Reyes mean we'd have to face him 18 times a season but we'd also have our compensatory draft pick bumped to the second round . . . I noticed this little tidbit in Ken Rosenthal's latest update on CBA negotiations:
The new deal is expected to include significant restraints on the amount of money teams spend on draft picks and significant changes in draft-pick compensation for free agents.
I know I've read that before but it took the "Marlins 2nd round" revelation to allow it to actually sink in . . . this is not good if you, like me, view two more first rounders as a bit of a blow softener should Jose be on the phone with U-Haul right now.
After all, what are the chances that "significant changes in draft-pick compensation" means clubs will get more picks? I'd guess slim and none. Can someone please make an argument that I'm wrong on that? Isn't it much more likely that "significant changes" means that clubs losing a FA would get less in the way of draft pick compensation than before? Would changes not be in effect for the 2012 draft?
If you've got a life raft - please push it this way. Oh and don't even bother to tell me that should the Marlins somehow find the dough to sign Jose & Prince or Pooh-holes that our pick would get bumped back to the third round.