[quote="j_d_mcnugent"]i guess i just dont really understand the reasons for japanese players going through the draft. i think it would be different if they were say drafting young japanese players but if i were matsui or someone like that then i would feel pretty insulted being told what team i should play for. i think he has paid his dues and deserves to be a free agent.
by forcing kaz matsui through the draft lets say the for example the brewers draft him. lets just assume for the moment that he is worth 7 million a year. the brewers, and pretty much any other loser team, are going to offer him a small amount of money compared to what he is worth. matsui would then be forced to play for three years or so with a below market contract and then be 36 or something the first time he is eligible to sign a free agent contract. or he could not sign and enter the draft next year. i dont think that is a very fair solution to getting japanese talent to mlb, just my opinion. [/quote]
There has been some recent grumbling on the high salaries that Japanese players are receiving and suggestions that they should enter the draft.
I feel that the salaries they are getting are justified and that the draft is an artificial way to give teams with lower budget a chance to win.
I believe in the end it’s all based on market economy theory. Bear with me on this one.
For example, some say Alex Rodriguez is not worth that monstrous contract he is currently riding, but he justified that he is worth that much because apparently that’s how much the Rangers offered him. Simple market economy – the buyers justify the price for the goods simply because that’s how much he just paid for it.
Just like that $5 apple you see selling at the airport and you think that’s highway robbery. Well, that apple is priced at $5 because that’s how much some people are willing to pay for it despite your personal disgust at the high price.
The free agent system is the best structure for players where their true values are realized by their highest bidders in a market economy atmosphere.
All MLB teams have limited resources (i.e. team budget, roster space) and there are limited talent pools from Japan. And to force the best Japanese players enter a draft give players set salaries (e.g. 1st rounders get $x, 2nd rounders get $y per year) does put teams on a more even playing field. This can be put in place by league policy but a policy like that sounds like communism where laws artificially put all teams on an even playing field.
Yes I’m sure it disgusts small market teams that big budget teams can buy the best players just like it disgust me that some people are willing to pay for that $5 airport at the airport. However, that’s market economy at work.
Japanese players are partially driven for money to play in the US and ARE paid fairly by the MLB teams according to market demand for them in the US market. This is simple market economy at work. That’s why the best Japanese players go to the teams that are willing and able to afford them - this applies to Kaz Matsui as well.
For an absolute true market economy at work that helps all rookie players (e.g. from high school, college, etc.) realize their full market values, there shouldn’t even be a draft.
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