Under the new agreement, draft picks can no longer sign major league contracts. The deal also will force them to sign by mid-July, giving many an extra summer of minor league experience.
Boras thinks it will hurt baseball, a sport that also attracted players such as Joe Mauer and Carl Crawford over college football.
"The parent of a 14-, 15-year-old is going to say my son can get a full scholarship, my son can go right to the NFL and the NBA, and Major League Baseball can no longer offer you a major league contract, it can only offer you a minor league contract, and they can't offer you entry bonuses that are anywhere near what the other sports pay," Boras said. "So if I've got a great athlete, why am I going to go to baseball? I'm going to focus on the other sports."
Other changes eliminate draft-pick compensation for many major league free agents, which could stimulate that market. For example, Heath Bell, Francisco Rodriguez and Ryan Madson can be signed this offseason without their new teams losing any draft picks.
"It remains to be seen exactly how the limitations will affect the investment in young talent. There are only so many player markets available," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "You have the amateur draft. You have international. You have free agents, non-tenders. It will have an impact on a couple of those areas."
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