The whole point of the pick system is so teams can get a pick for losing a player it otherwise can't retain.
Personally, I think they should tier it better
The top 1% of players, the team that signs that player should lose a first and second rounder and have those picks given to the team that lost them. This would be the Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Andruw McCutchen caliber players. Basically only 10 guys would qualify for those sort of treatment, very very special players.
The 1.1-2% top players, should have that team lose just a second rounder....so another 10 players here
And then 2.1%-3% would just be a third rounder.....so another 10 players here.
This is only 30 players in the game that qualify as a protected player. And the teams that would sign these guys, probably wouldn't mind giving up that sort of picks for that quality of a player.
How would I define these players?
Probably by WAR and a variety of other statistics including traditional numbers laced in there.
And by three years of data. The last season as a triple weight, two years ago as a double weight, and three years ago as a single weight
Wanna know some of the players that would qualify under this type of system during this off-season?
I'm sure they could develop a system that showed what players were the most valuable. These are players that would be offered compensation by their teams, and they would each probably deny it, and sign with the highest bidder. But the team losing these players would actually get something of value back for them.
Or maybe you do more players than that, maybe the top 3% cost a first rounder, 3.1-5% cost a second rounder, and 5.1-7.5% cost a third rounder. But I think you could tier it, and make it only special players. Right now, whoever signs Stephen Drew is losing the same thing that the Mariners lost for signing Cano. And the Red Sox will basically get what the Yankees got for Cano.
Or maybe a panel determines the best free agents every off-season, and assigns a compensation value to the team losing the best players of that free agent class. But that would probably make nobody happy.
Cards Sig Game (ranks right after list)
11-4 (18 starts)1st
3.2 fWAR 1st
5.1 rWAR 1st