"Competitive balance" draft no help to Rays; Silverman says greater change needed
UPDATE, 7:17: Team president Matt Silverman said the draft was not enough help anyway.
“We’ve been involved in baseball for seven years, long enough to see two new basic agreements get ratified,'' Silverman said. "From day one, 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 today showed, may not be fortunate enough to receive.”
BREAKING: When MLB announced plans as part of the new labor agreement for a "competitive balance" draft to help small-market and low-revenue teams, it seemed designed to benefit a team such as the Rays, who are both.
But when the lottery was held Wednesday for the picks, the Rays were shut out of getting an extra pick. (Here is the mlb.com story on the draft.)
And yet teams such as Marlins, Tigers and Orioles were given an extra choice in next year's draft. Plus, the picks have the extra value of being available for use in trades, which standard draft picks currently are not.
Thirteen teams were in the pool of teams for the lottery, with six picks awarded after the first round. The seven that didn't win, plus the Tigers, were then in a second lottery for six picks after the second round. Teams' chances to win were based in proportion to winning percentage from last season.
The Rays lost in both rounds, as did the Cardinals.
Teams that got picks after round one are the Royals, Pirates, D-backs, Orioles, Reds, Marlins. Teams that got picks after the second round are Padres, Indians, Rockies, A's, Brewers, Tigers.