Major League Baseball is facing criticism for changes that could be made to the amateur draft this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic, including the impact on amateur players.
The league has reserved the right to reduce the 2020 draft to as few as five rounds, which is down from 40 in recent years. In addition, undrafted players will now have their bonuses set at a maximum of $20,000, down from $125,000.
"I'm sure as hell not telling any of my guys to sign for $20,000," one unnamed agent told Chris Cotillo of MassLive. "It's an (expletive) joke."
An undrafted player in 2020 will thus be eligible for a maximum bonus that's just 16% of his predecessors', even though players in previous years went an additional 35 rounds without being selected.