The Mets had the 10th worst record in baseball last year. Under the new CBA that should technically qualify them to have their first pick protected.
But the Pirates didn't sign Appel last year so they are getting the 9th pick in this upcoming draft, pushing the Mets to the 11th pick and technically it is unprotected.
But they should have the 10th pick (if not for Appel) and it would then be protected.
Now correct me if I am wrong, but should they get this pick?
The link is no surprise, of course the union would support the Mets claim. It would make another suitor possibly for Bourn who seems to have a cold stove right now. So that's just an obvious link for you.
But it's an interesting discussion and case.