The looming battle over draft pick slotting
Buster Olney relays the gist of conversations held during the recent General Managers meeting about fixing the draft. Money quote:
I was always inclined to believe that too, simply because there were so many veterans on record taking issue with the size of draft bonuses and that it makes sense that they would be willing to negotiate away the rights of amateurs if they got something for themselves. But that changed when Michael Weiner referred to the idea of hard slotting as “a salary cap” in his introductory press conference last month. The term “salary cap” is a rallying cry for the union. Always has been. The owners know this, and they have publicly abandoned any effort to impose one because they know the union will gladly strike over it and will likely win. Again.
I don’t think enough people have taken notice of Weiner’s use of that term -- Olney doesn’t make any mention of it -- and for that reason, I think they are underselling just how hard the union is preparing to fight the imposition of hard slotting for the draft.