June 26, 2012

Alberta draftees:Signing updates

Earlier this month, 4 Albertan baseball players had their dreams realized when they were drafted in the MLB draft.  Players only have until July 15th to sign.  If they don't sign, they may or may not be eligible to be drafted again next year, depending on their circumstances  (If players go to college, they are only eligible after their junior year or 21st birthday, unless it's a community or junior college).

And this year, with MLB's new collective bargaining agreement, it's made it tougher for teams to sign everyone they want.  Teams no longer have an unlimited budget.  There are consequences, some severe, to spending more than an allotted bonus pool.  Anywhere from paying a "luxury tax" on the amount over the bonus they spend, to losing 2 first round draft picks in the future.  The specific details are here.

Fortunately, this has not impacted the Alberta players as they have all been signed already:

Tyler Hollick signed with the San Francisco Giants, and has been assigned to their Class A short season affiliate, the Salem-Keizer (Oregon) Volcanoes of the Northwest League.

Adam Paulencu who was also drafted by the Giants last year, but didn't sign due to tendinitis, has been signed by Colorado.  The Rockies have assigned him to the Tri City (Washington) Dust Devils, also in the Northwest League.

The Toronto Blue Jays signed Shane Dawson and he has been assigned to Dunedin (Florida) of the High Class A Florida State League.

And the Seattle Mariners signed Logan Seifrit, and have assigned him to the Peoria (Arizona) Mariners, of the Arizona League who play in the Rookie League.

Congratulations and best of luck to all these players!

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