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Mark Bechtel
June 08, 1998
The Phillies spent a year wrangling with �beragent Scott Boras over J.D. Drew, the second pick in the 1997 June draft. After failing to sign Drew, all the team had to show for its efforts was a compensatory pick, the 42nd selection in this week's draft. Acting commissioner Bud Selig would like owners to change the rules to better compensate a team that fails to sign its top pick. "Is it fair to get the 42nd pick after all the Phillies did [to try to sign Drew]?" Selig says. "No, it isn't." However, some clubs—including Philadelphia—are skeptical about more substantial compensation. Says Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle, "I'm not sure clubs should be rewarded for not signing their first rounder."
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June 08, 1998

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The Phillies spent a year wrangling with �beragent Scott Boras over J.D. Drew, the second pick in the 1997 June draft. After failing to sign Drew, all the team had to show for its efforts was a compensatory pick, the 42nd selection in this week's draft. Acting commissioner Bud Selig would like owners to change the rules to better compensate a team that fails to sign its top pick. "Is it fair to get the 42nd pick after all the Phillies did [to try to sign Drew]?" Selig says. "No, it isn't." However, some clubs—including Philadelphia—are skeptical about more substantial compensation. Says Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle, "I'm not sure clubs should be rewarded for not signing their first rounder."

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