the competitive balance lottery which will go into effect in 2013. It appears to be meant to help offset the inability to use the compensation system in the way the Rays did a year ago. The bottom teams in market size and revenue will be put into a lottery to receive one of six picks following the first and second round. Those picks can be traded at certain times of the year.
Zach wrote:Im not sure how much it would improve the balance between teams and wouldn't really help to bring viewers to the mlb draft at all. What makes the nfl and nba drafts exciting is the immediate impact that those players will have on those clubs. Anthony Davis, for example, has the ability to bring the Hornets back into contention. But even lower picks within these drafts can make immediate impacts. Pernell Mcphee was a 5th round pick for the Ravens, but made an immediate impact on the club. The MLB draft is much more of a crapshoot and teams often will not see the benefits of these players until years down the road. Even with Bundy who was at the top of the first round the earliest prediction for him even making the big league team (much less making an impact) is late into 2014. For every success story in baseball there are plenty of Billy Rowells to counter with. Bringing in more draft picks doesn't always equate to more victories and doesn't address payrolls differentials at the major league level.
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