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11:00 AM ET 02.23 | Stephen Drew speaks openly about the negative effect the draft compensation has had on his free agency as well as the free agency of first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales, right-handed starter Ervin Santana, outfielder Nelson Cruz and even the late-signing Ubaldo Jimenez (who this week got a $50 million, four-year deal from the Orioles). Drew's spirit has not been broken. He simply presses on. "It's baseball, and it's also business when you get to free agency," Drew said. "I enjoy playing the game. It's never really been a job to me. It's a kid's game, and it's done a lot of great things for me."

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February 23, 2014  11:14 AM ET

I has bitten him in the arse, hasn't it?

February 23, 2014  11:17 AM ET

No sympathy for him. You can't be too critical about system which offers you the opportunity to walk away from $14.1m.

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February 23, 2014  11:34 AM ET

business are business and nothing more nothing less,draft pick?oh well just follow up the chief's orders
there is nothing you can do!!

February 23, 2014  12:15 PM ET

MLBPA negotiators did this to themselves in the last CBA by reaching for too much for the veterans.
They asked for a limit on what drafted players could receive in signing bonuses, assuming that would free up money for veterans.
Then they agreed to a draft pick compensation for team's losing a FA. They didn't anticipate that team's would value picks higher without the huge signing bonuses
It will be a bone of contention for the next CBA following the 2016 season.
In the meantime, a FA getting $14.1 million for a year's work is not slave labor, more than most of us may make in a lifetime.

February 23, 2014  12:17 PM ET

Stephen,

I am now of the opinion that second tier free agents should think long and hard before rejecting a qualifying offer.

Your pal,
Nelson Cruz

February 23, 2014  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No sympathy for him. You can't be too critical about system which offers you the opportunity to walk away from $14.1m.

Nice..

February 23, 2014  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Stephen,I am now of the opinion that second tier free agents should think long and hard before rejecting a qualifying offer. Your pal, Nelson Cruz

Seconded by Kendrys Morales?

February 23, 2014  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No sympathy for him. You can't be too critical about system which offers you the opportunity to walk away from $14.1m.

There's no arguing with that.

February 23, 2014  02:25 PM ET

14.1 million. The guy deserves a dope slap for turning it down.

February 23, 2014  05:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

14.1 million. The guy deserves a dope slap for turning it down.

no if he's playing time would be reduced to a less playing!!

February 23, 2014  06:18 PM ET

Teams are going to keep giving qualifying offers to guys who don't deserve them until someone starts taking the one year offer. Don't ask me to feel sorry for you when you are just as greedy as the teams in the system you are criticizing.

February 23, 2014  06:23 PM ET

Can't say I like that giving up a draft choice... It isn't like Drew is a superstar???

February 23, 2014  06:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Teams are going to keep giving qualifying offers to guys who don't deserve them until someone starts taking the one year offer. Don't ask me to feel sorry for you when you are just as greedy as the teams in the system you are criticizing.

With as many guys as got hung out to dry this year, you'd have to think some mid-tier guys who get qualifying offers next year will take them rather than testing the market.

February 23, 2014  06:28 PM ET
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With as many guys as got hung out to dry this year, you'd have to think some mid-tier guys who get qualifying offers next year will take them rather than testing the market.

Agreed. The market is changing once again.

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February 23, 2014  10:45 PM ET

Stephen Drew isn't as good as Stephen Drew thinks he is.

February 24, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No sympathy for him. You can't be too critical about system which offers you the opportunity to walk away from $14.1m.

Agreed. The fact that the system is keeping second tier players from getting ridiculous contracts is a positive thing.

February 24, 2014  09:52 AM ET

If a guy is a proven major leaguer, in his case he is worth a second round pick, their are no guarantees with draft picks. His problem isn't the pick, it's the amount of money (15 Per) and length 3 years, that's the issue he has to overcome!

 
February 24, 2014  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No sympathy for him. You can't be too critical about system which offers you the opportunity to walk away from $14.1m.

I sympathized with him until I read this post, enough said

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