The good news is the Royals won the inaugural Competitive Balance Lottery.
The bad news is the list of teams in the draft was questionable.
According the MLB.com, the draft was agreed upon as a part of the 2012-2016 Basic Agreement and gives clubs with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets a shot at extra draft picks via a lottery. The 10 clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 clubs in the smallest markets were vying for six selections immediately following the first round of the First-Year Player Draft.
A draft that helps the Royals or the Athletics is a good thing, right?
Sure, but take a look at the teams involved in the draft: the Royals, A’s, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Orioles, Diamondbacks, Reds, Indians, Rockies, Brewers, Marlins and Cardinals.Yes sir. Those poor Marlins who dropped $191 million on free agents this off-season were on the list. Ditto for the Cardinals, who couldn’t afford to keep Albert Pujols, but still have a payroll approaching $112 million.
Not crazy enough? For the last of the two rounds, the Tigers were added. Huh? Didn’t they sign Prince Fielder to a $214 million contract?
"It kind of raised an eyebrow as to who was in and who wasn't in. I'll just leave it at that," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's a little odd. It's another one of those new things that I'll be interested to see if it works out."
Wouldn't you know it: the Tigers got a pick in the second round. The Cardinals, however, were skunked, so you can say the Royals beat the Cardinals on Wednesday.In Round A, the Royals got the first pick, followed by the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Reds and Marlins (!). Round B went like this: Padres, Indians, Rockies, A’s, Brewers and Tigers (!!).
According to the Tampa Bay Times, a team's chances were weighted in proportion to its 2011 wins total.
Rays president Matt Silverman was non-plussed about the draft.
“We've been involved in baseball for seven years, long enough to see two new basic agreements get ratified,” Silverman told the Times. “From Day 1, we have advocated for meaningful change, especially when it comes to addressing the dramatic imbalances in our game. Meaningful change has not occurred. It must go well beyond a trifling draft pick that a team in our position may or, as (Wednesday) showed, may not be fortunate enough to receive.”
Perhaps the best news of the draft is that teams can trade the picks. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Tigers may trade their choice to the Cubs.Trading draft choices, which you see in every other major sports league, would add a dash of spice to what is usually an otherwise forgettable baseball draft.
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