Sticky Spice wrote:But why would STL get a pick? It's not like he's under contract with them. At some point does the lost pick situation go away if Lohse hasn't signed because he has this hanging over his head?
What is the purpose of making a team lose a pick to sign Lohse? If STL does not have him under contract, then why do they deserve this right?
I really don't care about Lohse or STL, I'm just not understanding why this is the way it is.
This is how offering arbitration has always worked. It's supposed to give small market teams that can't afford to keep their home-grown stars some compensation when those stars leave.
With the premium put on developing your own talent nowadays, many teams are simply unwilling to give up those picks and it's preventing a mediocre guy like lohse from finding a team. I think if the season starts and he hasn't signed the situation disappears but I could be wrong about that.