September 8, 2013

Mets In Line For Pick Protection

This is something Mets fans will want to keep an eye on as the season comes to an end.  Long story short, if the Mets finish with one of the ten worst records in Major League Baseball, they will not have to sacrifice their first round pick in the 2014 Amateur Draft should they successfully acquire a type A this winter.

This is important because they Mets figure to at least be in the discussion for the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin Soo Choo, amongst others.  Both Ellsbury and Choo will get qualifying offers from their current teams of $13.5 million.  This leaves their current teams in position to receive the first round pick of any other team they may sign with, unless that pick is "protected".

You may recall last winter's Michael Bourn saga, where the Mets were hesitant in pursuing the outfielder, because they would have lost the first round pick that was eventually used to draft high school first baseman, Dominic Smith. While its never fun to see the team tank down te stretch, avoiding a similar situation this upcoming offseason would be a silver lining.

Update: With last nights loss, the Mets sit alone with the 8th worse record in baseball.  Also, Sandy Alderson was on Sirius/XM this morning where they discussed multiple things, however Jim Bowden's tweet below reaffirmed what we discussed above.

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