High-SchoolBaseball: Collective Bargaining Agreement

New draft rules could impact prep prospects

December, 8, 2011
Zach LeeScott Kurtz/ESPNHSZach Lee was a two-sport star at McKinney (Texas), but he ended up signing with the Dodgers out of high school. The new CBA could lead more players in his situation to choose college over the pros.

The Major League Baseball Players Association, the owners and the league recently announced a new collective bargaining agreement, good through the 2016 season. There are varying flavors of opinion on the positives and negatives that may occur over the life of the deal, but the consensus is that the new rules concerning the First-Year Player Draft will have a certain impact on prep athletes.

These restrictions are likely to negatively impact the number of high school players that ultimately choose pro baseball, or baseball altogether.

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