Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

A Quick Note About The MLB Draft

Posted by JD on June 6, 2010

Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft will begin tomorrow night, and I’d like to get my request on the record before it begins. It has nothing to do with drafting this player or that player: I’m no “draftnik” and I won’t waste your time by pretending I know anything substantial about the eligible players. No, my request is more straightforward: I want Omar Minaya to draft the players that he wants.

Sounds simple enough, but I don’t know if it will happen. The Mets have tended to adhere to Bud Selig’s “slotting system” in the past, but I sincerely hope they don’t this year. I don’t have a preference as to who they draft and won’t be overly critical of any of their choices. I just want to see them spend whatever it takes to secure their preferred players.

The Mets didn’t spend as much as I expected in the off-season, they’ve shown a severe reluctance to eat guaranteed contracts, and they’ve fostered the general perception that they pinch pennies. It’s certainly not my money, but I think it would be an important gesture to the fans if they spent an extra million or two to secure their targeted prospects. I’m certainly not getting my hopes up, but it sure would be nice to see.

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