Pogotheostrich wrote:You really think a 20 year old is going to turn down 1 million dollars?
Even if he doesn't take the money to play in Japan he now has a bargaining chip to negotiate thus driving up his price for a MLB team. Right now draftees have no other option but the Independent leagues and they don't pay jack. I just don't think it would be worth it for the handful of Japanese players they would sign after the draft.
What are you talking about? If no MLB team wanted me and I wanted to play baseball and a Japanese team offered me money to play I'd play. Also, 1.05 Million in the US would be more to me than 2 million in Japan. I wouldn't have to go to any independent league if I chose not to as an undrafted FA. Now if I was drafted and refused an MLB team's offer that would be different but what are the odds Luke Hochevar would have gone to Japan??? Not very good which is why I think the gentleman's agreement Japan and the US have goes against competitive nature. Japan would have to overwhelm a player to go the Japan. I also mentioned that only 2 teams consistently make profits in the Japanese league, which wouldn't help increase that ratio. It isn't a really successful venture in Japan. Plus, the MLB is the elite stage which all baseball is measured aaginst. It would be worth it. I was just using those figures are an example btw.