Draft lottery awards 12 teams with extra picks
Royals draw top sandwich pick; Pirates, D-backs claim next two
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Royals were the biggest winner in the first Competitive Balance Lottery, held at MLB Network Studios on Wednesday afternoon.
The Royals received the first pick in the official drawing. That means Kansas City, as it stands now, will get additional pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft at No. 32 overall. The Pirates received the second of six "Round A" picks, with the D-backs getting the third. The Orioles, Reds and Marlins round out Round A. Representatives from many of the contending teams were on hand to watch the drawing and the results were announced on the Network.
"We are extremely excited about the extra pick and our positioning for next year," Royals assistant general manager of scouting and player development J.J. Picollo said. "We obviously were hoping to get the top lottery pick and are happy it worked to our favor. The new system has been an interesting process from the start and now that the lottery has been settled, it's been a great experience."
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The remaining teams originally in the lottery that didn't receive a pick in Round A joined the Tigers with a chance to get a pick in Round B. The Padres received the first pick in that group, slated as of now to be pick No. 70. They are followed by the Indians, Rockies, A's, Brewers and Tigers. Only the Cardinals and the Rays didn't receive any of the picks.
"Everything we do in the collective bargaining process is based on the commissioner's mandate to preserve competitive balance," said Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's executive vice president for economics and league affairs. "This is designed to give smaller market and revenue teams access to talent."
The original 13 teams entered into the lottery were a combination of the 10 lowest revenue clubs and 10 lowest market teams. The Tigers were added to Round B because they were the lone team not in the original group that receives revenue sharing money.
The teams with selections now have some options. They can keep the pick and accrue talent during next year's Draft. Or they can include them in trades, either leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline or at any point during the regular season before next year's Draft. It could come down to wanting to acquire players for the future or for the right now, depending on the team's situation. The Pirates and Reds, for example, are in the heat of a race with each other atop the NL Central. The Orioles, Indians, A's and Tigers are all over .500. They can now include the pick they received on Wednesday in any deal to better their 25-man roster, should they so choose.
Only a team that wins a pick in the lottery can trade it, meaning that selection can be traded just once. They cannot be included in any Winter Meetings deals, however, with trading of picks again permitted at the beginning of the following regular season.
"This is kind of an experiment," Manfred said. "We want to see by making the picks assignable if it helps teams acquire more talent."
The odds for each team receiving a pick were weighted in favor of the teams with the most losses in 2011. For each pick, four ping-pong balls were drawn from the tumbler. The combination of the four numbers - all 999 of them - were assigned to a team. The teams with the worst records from last year had the most combinations. The Orioles had the best odds of getting the top pick (12.4 percent) in Round A. The Royals, who actually got the pick, were tied with the Padres at 11.1 percent. The Pirates and Marlins had the same probability of getting the first pick, at 10.5 percent. The Reds received a Round A pick despite having just a seven percent chance of getting the first pick, but no one bucked the odds more than the Diamondbacks, who had just a 2.6 percent chance of getting pick No. 1, yet landed the third selection.