So the changes to the player agreement have a huge impact for the Twins:
- The time a player can remain off the roster for the Rule 5 draft was extended by one year - starting immediately. This means the Twins have very few roster issues. You have to wonder if Perkins and Casilla would be on the roster if Terry Ryan had known this was going to be the case.
- The compensation picks for B free agent is now a sandwich pick. That means the signing team will no longer lose anything. I think that will probably apply to Nevin and Stewart. It also means the Twins can look at B free agents without having to worry about compensation.
- Failing to sign a first or second round choice in the amatuer draft will get you compensation at that same draft slot the following year. So if the Twins draft someone and fail to sign him, they will get another choice the following year. That probably means a lot of the better players that used to fall because of signability will now get drafted in the first couple rounds. I think this works to the small market's advantage.