La Velle E. Neal III's Sunday Insider: MLB draft runs teams dry

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 28, 2011 - 12:57 AM

The cost of signing top young talent took another monumental leap this year, raising more red flags for Bud Selig.

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DacotaAug. 27, 11 7:29 PM

I know of 23 million (per year) that the Twins could use!!!

roseygopherAug. 27, 11 7:50 PM

Yesterday I spoke to someone in a small town 90 minutes west of Target Field who was at his first TF Twins game the day before. He spent $200 and he does not think he will ever go back. Specifically, he was disappointed in the players, "During warmups I knew they had given up."

roseygopherAug. 27, 11 7:55 PM

Baseball is my favorite sport. This year caused me to rethink my priorities in life. What with a clueless ownership group, a stupid general manager, an idiotic manager, and players who are coddled, my interest in baseball and the Twins has dissipated quite a bit. Gopher sports are more interesting as are my kids.

olcoach73Aug. 27, 11 9:39 PM

It is beyond stupidity to give drafted players millions of dollars just to sign. Can't blame them for taking it. One can only blame the comish and the baseball establishment for allowing this to happen. Back in the 50's, $4000 was the limit and half of that was our first year salary. Anything above 4 grand and the rookie had to sit on the major league bench for two seasons which kept most bonus' at four thousand. Something like that, adjusted for inflation, would work just fine today.

gloatorventAug. 27, 11 9:41 PM

Baseball will continue to be all about the Yankees and Boston as long as there are no limits to what a team can spend. The Yankees are very good at buying the best players and they ample revenue to pay the fees spending so much. Other teams may win an occasional World Series, but they have to spend a fortune and get very, very lucky. Bud Seglick did absolutely nothing to fix this.

leg620Aug. 27, 11 9:46 PM

Who cares? If teams don't spend a fortune on players their fans accuse them of profit-taking and not trying to put a winner on the field and then they don't show up for games or buy the sponsor's beer.

arizonamanAug. 27, 11 9:53 PM

Lets start feeling bad for gillionaire owners.

tjsyamAug. 27, 1111:14 PM

This is why it does no good to trade your top players to save money! (Kubel) Trade your best player and then you lose game and pay H.S. or college players with no MLB experience JUST to sign with the organization!

kcnashAug. 27, 1111:36 PM

I'm glad these talented young men are getting rich.

PooOnUAug. 28, 11 2:47 AM

Well, having spent time in the minors, I can tell you that this double-digit pace is not only unsustainable. It will reduce the quality of the rosters teams like the Twins put on the field. It only benefits the deep pocketed teams like the Yankees.


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Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
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