Last month the Mets used the 10th pick of the first round of draft on Vanderbilt star pitcher Kumar Rocker. They had 3 weeks to sign him. They never offered a contract, claiming he’s injured after his physical with the team. His agent, Scott Boras, says he’s not. So now the Mets will get the 11th pick in next year’s draft.
Normally to get the compensatory pick, a team had to offer a contract worth at least 40% of the draft slot value. Rocker, however, did decline to have an MRI done, which gave the Mets an out.
The move by the Mets makes no sense unless Rocker really does have an injury. Rocker, for his part, is left with three choices: (1) He could return to Vanderbilt and play one more year even though he now has an agent; however, it’s being reported that he won’t. (2) He could play in an independent league. (3) He could sign with an international league. He will be eligible for the draft again next year.
My opinion: Rocker should be a free agent since he wasn’t offered any contract.