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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mets GM Sandy Alderson will study the international market for MLB

His last job, before he was tasked with rebuilding the Mets, sent Sandy Alderson to the Dominican Republic. There he helped deal with the rampant age and identity fraud among young prospects, a job that commissioner Bud Selig asked him to take.

Now Alderson will serve on a joint MLB-Player’s Association committee designed to study the international market. The latest collective bargaining agreement penalizes clubs for what the league deems excessive spending in Latin America. The commissioner’s office hopes this will lead to a world-wide draft in the coming years.

The committee will discuss this complex issue. The co-chairs are union head Michael Weiner, and his MLB counterpart Rob Manfred. Other members include Tampa Bay general manager Andrew Friedman; MLB senior VP of baseball operations Kim Ng; MLBPA officials Tony Clark, Stan Javier and Rick Shapiro.

The prospect of a draft is bringing pushed by the commissioner's office. Last month Manfred called the new rules a "poison pill" to induce a draft. Weiner remains wary of that inevitability.

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