Trading draft picks has been prevalent in many sports today. Organizations in the NFL, NBA, and NHL have done it for a long time.
Some organizations have done well by trading up or stockpiling draft picks to land the next once in a generation type talent by rebuilding and sometimes trading an established star to do so. For example, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks have the most draft picks for the next couple of years. The Thunder are still a few years away, but will certainly build around Shai-Gilgeous Alexander.
On the other, the Knicks have shown that they can contend for a championship within the next few years. The Knicks can certainly hope they land a steal with their picks or trade them for established talent.
There’s also the other side of things where the draft picks do not work out. For instance, trading up and selecting Mitch Tribusky over Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes hurts a franchise long term. Either way, trading draft picks and seeing if they pan out is a risk organizations take every year.
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It is honestly surprising to me that the MLB hasn’t allowed organizations to trade draft picks with 40 rounds in the past. In 2021, the league will have 20 rounds. I believe most baseball fans like myself do not know the reason why draft picks cannot be dealt. The first MLB draft took place in June 1965 and has not been subjected to any real changes still to this day.
No matter what draft it is there will always be busts and steals. Just a hypothetical scenario but if the New York Yankees wanted to get Bryce Harper or take a huge risk on a high schooler like Mark Appel, the franchise was not able to during the draft because they weren’t going to fall that much and were unable to trade up.
This happens often where teams go over slot to sign a player that otherwise would have been drafted much higher. But if teams want a prospect that was recently drafted by another team, some time needs to pass by to get the deal done. The San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals, and the Tampa Bay Rays were involved in a trade in December of 2014.
Rays received: René Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers via Padres. Steven Souza and Travis Ott via Nationals.
Padres received: Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan, Gerardo Reyes, and José Castillo via Rays. Traded Hanigan to the Boston Red Sox the same day for Will Middlebrooks.
Nationals received: Joe Ross via Padres. Padres also sent recently drafted prospect Trea Turner to complete the trade.
The MLB rules state that teams are prohibited from trading a recently drafted player early.
The MLB rules are very odd because all players in the modern MLB had stints in the minor leagues. Highly touted prospects have scouts keeping an eye at all times but their talent does not help the major league club immediately.
As a New York Mets fan, watching some prospects that were selected a few picks earlier definitely hurts especially the ones that worked out in the early part of their careers. Also as a Mets fan, the team was involved in some great trades and some awful trades in the decade.
I wish the Mets were able to keep Jarred Kelenic by giving up potentially the next two first-round picks or something in that range if the qualifying offer does not affect the pick. I believe Kelenic will be a star as the Seattle Mariners just called him up to the majors. I hope the rules change in the next CBA.