Tuesday, February 16, 2016

MLBPA's Tony Clark Floats Idea Of Baseball Draft Lottery

Major League Baseball Players Association President Tony Clark recently sent up a trial balloon on a possible draft lottery for the sport. Said Clark, "It will be beneficial to look at that, and not look at it in a vacuum, but appreciate whatever it is that we attempt to negotiate there or propose there, that it ties into the other moving pieces and doesn’t create an imbalance." He's right to be cautious. Baseball could tinker with a draft lottery (as suggested by Boston's own Tony Massarotti) by not allowing any team to finish at the top of the draft more than once every five years. While baseball doesn't really have the "tanking" problem that the NBA and NHL have, a lottery is an idea that should, in our opinion, be explored.