The Pirates landed Allie in the second round last year. They'll have a hard time getting a similar player in the second round this year due to all of the compensation picks.
Yesterday I brought up the fact that the compensation system for the Major League draft is a broken system. The system is intended to compensate a team like the Tampa Bay Rays for losing a player like Carl Crawford, who they drafted, developed, and relied on for eight seasons, only to see Crawford sign with the Boston Red Sox.
The problem is that the system doesn't just compensate teams for these circumstances. It also compensates teams for losing players that were barely members of the organization. Teams that lose star players can often get lower compensation picks due to the flawed ranking system used ...
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