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phlp_bj
07-21-2008, 06:16 PM
Major League Baseball has fined the Chicago Cubs an undisclosed amount for rules violations in the June first-year player draft, and is investigating whether further discipline might be warranted, sources told ESPN.com.

A baseball source said the Cubs broke a rule requiring clubs to report signing agreements to the MLB central office. The Cubs also violated a rule requiring approved agreements to be in place before signed draft picks take the field, the source said.

The Cubs have butted heads with the commissioner's office several times in recent years for exceeding the recommended bonuses under baseball's "slotting" system. This year, Chicago signed California high school infielder Matt Cerda, the 131st overall pick, to a $500,000 bonus, according to Baseball America.

Cerda's bonus was more than twice what the 131st pick received in 2007, and exceeded the reported $385,000 bonus the Cubs gave their latest third-round choice, Kent State pitcher Chris Carpenter.

But the slotting recommendations only serve as guidelines -- not hard-and-fast rules -- and a baseball official said the Cubs' punishment was unrelated to the size of bonus payments.

"This was not a slotting issue," the official said.

News of the Cubs' punishment comes as MLB continues to examine whether the draft is serving its purpose as a way to level the competitive playing field. Commissioner Bud Selig fielded several draft-related questions during a media question-and-answer session at the All-Star Game last week.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3499347&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

Jilly Bohnson
07-21-2008, 06:40 PM
I don't see the big deal since it's not tampering or anything like that.

And the slotting system is beyond stupid. Until Selig grows some balls and does more than just wag his finger at teams that don't follow it, more and more teams are going to break away from it.

redbird89
07-21-2008, 06:47 PM
Chris Carpenter

Hopefully this one won't be a Cy Young, too.

The Cardinals also had a pitcher in the 90s named Cris Carpenter.

Weird.

Jilly Bohnson
07-21-2008, 06:52 PM
Chris Carpenter

Hopefully this one won't be a Cy Young, too.

The Cardinals also had a pitcher in the 90s named Cris Carpenter.

Weird.

Our Chris Carpenter apparently has real good stuff but poor control. So essentially he's your Chris Carpenter before Dave Duncan got ahold of him.

4cubs
07-21-2008, 07:23 PM
The solution is easy. Rookie salary cap. Follow the NBA's lead and assign a pre-determined salary based on draft position.

This will ensure teams will select the best player available (in their opinion) without worrying about signability (other than them holding out and re-entering next year's draft).

Art Vandolay
07-21-2008, 08:10 PM
Truthfully, the draft should be ;ike that in the other major sports. A team should be able to trade it's draft picks or position. Sure, a big market team like the Yanks would get fat but a low level team could get better faster like in football.

Theriot2
07-21-2008, 10:14 PM
This isn't even that big of a deal.