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Draft Picks as part of Trades

The question of the day is if the A's get a draft pick from the Jays for Shannon Stewart.

 

This raises a question I have had for a number of years now:

Does anyone know why Draft Picks are not part of Trades in Baseball.  In the NFL, NBA and NHL you always hear of draft picks being packaged as part of trades/transactions.

I understand that a generation ago most drafted players were high school kids who were 4-5 years away from the Bigs.

Today it is not uncommon for a first rounder to be in the big leagues within a year.

If i were a GM (yeah, yeah, but I'm not and what do I know? ;) ), I'd ask for a first round pick as part of a deal, and i'd also try to get a 2nd and a 3rd thrown in.  I believe a high round draft pick carries a lot of value with the quality of talent in College Baseball.

 

Anyone know the answer?

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