John Buck

Let's redraft compensation rules

Bud Selig is swinging for the fences with his vision of how to improve the baseball draft. He may have to settle for a soft single, which would be a big step forward over how things developed in 2011.

The commissioner wants an international draft and firm slotting for draft picks, with both ideas having strong opposition from management or labor.

But there is one easy way to make the draft more equitable — rework compensation for teams losing free agents with a better way to identify players who are worthy of compensation. That would limit their impact.

No franchise better understands the need for that than the Orioles. They were thrilled to draft Oklahoma...