There will be no international draft in 2014, according to an announcement today from Major League Baseball.
The commissioner’s office and the MLB Players Association had been in discussions to implement an international draft. The deadline for MLB to submit its official proposal to the Players Association was tomorrow.
Here is the official announcement from MLB:
“The Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association have discussed various issues regarding international amateur players, including the possibility of an international draft. While both parties discussed an international draft, an agreement was not reached on some of the mechanics and procedures related to such a draft. Thus, an international draft will not be implemented in 2014. The parties intend to continue to discuss international amateur talent issues, and the current system of international talent acquisition as described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement will remain in place at this time.”
The Players Association also released a statement from executive director Michael Weiner:
“At this time, the players are not prepared to accept an international draft. The MLBPA will continue to discuss with players and the Commissioner’s Office the many issues facing its international members.”