Baseball’s second draft revived after two years…national discipline tightened

The secondary draft will be revived for the first time in two years to ensure smooth transfer opportunities for prospects in baseball’s second tier (Futures).바카라사이트

The KBO secretariat and representatives of the 10 KBO clubs held a board meeting at the Dogok-dong Baseball Hall in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, on Wednesday and voted to reinstate the secondary draft, which was held from 2011 to 2019 and cancelled in 2021.

The 10 clubs acknowledged that the futures free agent (FA) system, which was implemented in 2021-2022, was not as active as the second draft, and agreed to reinstate the second draft with improvements.

The secondary draft, which will be held after this season, will be held every other year and will consist of first- to third-round selections.

The KBO office and the 10 clubs have made improvements in three areas: who can be drafted in the second round, how many players can be drafted, and mandatory first-team registration for players drafted.

First, the number of protected players per team has been reduced from 40 to 35 to encourage player movement and level the league.

We’ve also changed the way teams can still make a pick in the next round after not using their top-round pick.

The order in which players are drafted is in reverse order of their performance in the previous season.

After each team’s first- through third-round picks, the bottom three teams in the standings will receive two additional picks, bringing the total to five.

To prevent players from being selected in favour of certain clubs, the KBO Secretariat has limited the number of players a team can nominate to a maximum of four. The amount of money a team that nominates a player must pay to the player’s former club is 400 million won in the first round, 300 million won in the second round, and 200 million won in the third round.

The transfer fee for players in the fourth round and below, who can be nominated by the bottom three teams, is set at 100 million won.

The transfer fee has increased by 100 million won from 2019, the last year the secondary draft was held.

The mandatory registration of second-round draft picks is a new rule that requires clubs to register the player on their first-team roster for a certain period of time in the following year to ensure that the player who switches teams has as many playing opportunities as possible.

First-round picks must be registered for 50 days, second-rounders must be registered for at least 30 days, and third-rounders and below are not subject to the mandatory registration.

If a player fails to fulfil the mandatory registration requirement within two years of being drafted, he can return to his original club, or if the original club does not wish to reinstate him, he will be declared a free agent.

Using the World Baseball Classic (WBC) drinking scandal as a lesson, the KBO Board of Directors also decided that any player who causes public controversy by engaging in off-field behaviour that damages the dignity of the national team during the upcoming national team call-up period will be subject to sanctions under the KBO Code’s “Acts of Damage to Dignity,” as well as, in separate cases, disqualification from participation in the national team for a period of one year or more and the loss of national award points earned in the relevant tournament.

When professional players participate in international tournaments such as the WBC, Olympics, and Asian Games, the KBO Secretariat compensates them with points equal to the number of days of FA registration based on their performance. As the Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China, in September without any league interruption, the KBO Board of Governors has decided to compensate the players for the number of active player registration days they did not earn through participation in the tournament in addition to the national team award points.

This is in consideration of the special situation that the league will continue to be held during the Asian Games, unlike in previous years, the KBO explained.

As a result, players representing the Asian Games will receive the number of registrations for the national team’s call-up period, which is expected to be around two weeks, and enjoy special benefits for military service.

However, in accordance with the rule that “for competitions with military service benefits, points will not be compensated to players who have received military service benefits,” players who have not completed their military service will not receive the 25 reward points for winning.

Meanwhile, the KBO Secretariat and representatives of the 10 professional clubs discussed the introduction of a substitute foreign player system, whereby injured foreign players are hired for a short period of time to fill in the gap instead of being withdrawn, but no clear conclusions were reached and it was decided to continue the discussions with more details.

Finally, it was decided that the KBO Secretariat will look into the possibility of scheduling doubleheaders or Monday games in the second half of the season for games cancelled due to rain or fine dust.