OK, it didn't quite the get attention of the NBA draft lottery, but Major League Baseball held its first Competitive Balance Lottery on Wednesday, in which extra draft picks are allocated to small-market and small-revenue clubs. Plus the Tigers, who were in the pool because they receive revenue-sharing money. So the Tigers and Cardinals were in the pool, but the Mariners and Twins were not. Why do the Tigers receive revenue-sharing money? I have no idea.
First off, the results of the lottery. The Royals got the first pick in Round A, which will be the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 draft. They were followed by the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Reds and Marlins. Round B, which will take place following the second round of the draft, saw picks awarded to the Padres, Indians, Rockies, A's, Brewers and Tigers. The Cardinals and Rays drew the short straws and didn't get any picks. All other teams weren't involved.
The most interesting thing about this draft: The picks can be traded, but only during the regular season (either this year or next). This is the first step in what many have advocated for a long time: that teams should be allowed to trade draft picks. So if you're contending team looking to make a deadline deal like the Reds, Pirates or Tigers, you suddenly have another chip to offer instead of a prospect.
"This is kind of an experiment," MLB vice president Rob Manfred said. "We want to see by making the picks assignable if it helps teams acquire more talent."
Certainly, the Round A picks have some decent value, akin to the supplemental first-round picks of the past. While not many of those players develop into major leaguers, teams looking to trade with the Reds or Pirates may prefer to gamble on taking the draft pick as opposed to a lower-grade prospect.
As for the Royals ... hey, you can't complain about another high draft. Just make it work.