Numlock News: June 19, 2020 • Earthquakes, F…

By Walt Hickey Have a great weekend! Royals As part of a temporary rule put in place to cut costs, Major League Baseball teams could offer a maximum bonus of $20,000 to new undrafted minor league players they sign into their farm system. As a result, teams have had to compete on intangibles, things like a good work environment or loyalty to their employees. One team in particular was effective at this, the Kansas City Royals, who have signed five undrafted players in the top 500 draft prospect rankings according to Baseball America. No other team has signed more than three. The reason for their success? While lots of other teams said they were loyal to their minor leaguers, those teams by and large also released tons of players the minute the going got tough, and then got cheap on the ones they kept around. Only the Royals and the Minnesota Twins said they would keep every prospect, and they’re being rewarded for it, because $20,000 looks a lot nicer from a team that didn’t can half of your teammates the instant the situation got sticky.

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