Angels on Parade, SB Nation’s LAFC site, made their picks in SB Nation’s mock MLS Expansion Draft today. They came out of it looking pretty good.
Angels on Parade picked up TFC defender Drew Moor with their third selection. He was one of a number of attractive options we exposed in our mock protected list, including Jonathan Osorio, Nicolas Hasler and Tosaint Ricketts.
There is reason to believe, however, that this scenario will not be possible in reality. There has been multiple nods to the idea that Moor’s new contract in Toronto is simply waiting for a signature, which has not yet been applied precisely to ensure LAFC cannot grab him.
Because of Moor’s status as an impending free agent, he can be left unprotected in the Expansion Draft with a virtual guarantee that he will not be selected. The situation is similar to Will Johnson’s last year; if Moor was picked by LAFC, he would be under no obligation to sign a contract with them and could simply return to Toronto.
If Moor was to re-sign before the draft and be left unprotected, LAFC would be able to acquire him on that new contract and Toronto would have to make a trade to get him back (or prevent LAFC from making the selection in the first place).
So expect Moor’s renewal to be announced shortly after the Expansion Draft is completed.
As we have become familiar with over the past few years, these predictive exercises are difficult in the wild world of MLS transactions. There is a very good chance LAFC will decide the allocation money they can pry from teams in return for not selecting players they do not want to lose is a more attractive option than putting bodies on the roster.
If that is the case, the best move they can make is to target the player they believe Toronto will value the most. Last year, for example, the Reds sent Mark Bloom and MLS dollars to Atlanta United in order to bring back Clint Irwin.
The actual MLS Expansion Draft will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET. LAFC will make five picks, with the players eligible to be drafted set to be revealed on Sunday morning.