MLB notes: No international draft in 2014

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York, April 21,...

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York, April 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

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, Last Updated: 10:09 PM ET

Major League Baseball announced Friday that there have been discussions about instituting an international player draft, but an agreement could not be reached.

“The office of the commissioner and the Players Association have discussed various issues regarding international amateur players, including the possibility of an international draft,” the league said in a statement. “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.“

Currently, teams acquire international players via free agency that includes signing bonuses.

Commissioner Bud Selig said last year that drafting international players is “inevitable.“

Baseball America reported that one motivation for having an international draft is to crack down on age and identity fraud, performance-enhancing drug use and bonus skimming, which have mainly affected Latin American players.

ESPN reported that the discussions included instituting the international players draft in March. The owners were reportedly willing to “give up significant concessions,“ including a higher minimum salary and less time to qualify for arbitration.

YANKS GET HELP

The New York Yankees got some big bats back in their lineup.

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis made their much-anticipated return Friday against the Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees also demoted pitcher Ivan Nova, who has not been the same since his outstanding 2011 season, to triple-A.

Teixeira has been out since early spring after he tore the tendon sheath in his right wrist while taking batting practice for the World Baseball Classic.

Youkilis had been on the disabled list since April 28 with a lumbar spine strain. He’s batting .266 with two homers in 17 games this year.

After Nova went 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA for the Yankees in 2011 and 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA last year, he is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA this season in four starts and two relief appearances.

HARPER UNLIKELY

Eighteen days after injuring his knee, Bryce Harper might finally give it a rest.

The Washington Nationals outfielder has been out of the lineup since Sunday and may go on the disabled list, according to CSNWashington.com.

“He’s a tough guy, and he would play if at all possible,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "But he's too good a talent to take a chance on further injury. So he’s not going out there until it’s better, that’s for dang sure.”

Harper was not in the lineup Friday against the Atlanta Braves and will likely miss the entire series.

The 20-year-old hurt his knee after crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium.

In 44 games this season he’s hitting .287 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs.

CHAVEZ OUT

The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost their top bat.

Eric Chavez was placed on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, according to MLB.com.

The third baseman was pulled during an at-bat Thursday after swinging and missing on a pitch.

Willie Bloomquist, who’s been on the DL with a strained oblique of his own since spring training, will take Chavez’s spot.

Chavez was hitting .325 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs this season.

- with files from The Sports Xchange


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