The MLB Competitive Balance Lottery was held today, awarding draft picks to small market and small revenue teams. The Pirates didn't get a draft pick this year, after receiving picks the previous two years. The lottery has 13 teams, but only awards 12 picks, which means the Pirates were the odd team out. Here are the results.
I wrote this article in 2012 after the first lottery was held (and the Pirates got a first round pick that year), and it still applies. The article talked about how the lottery made no sense. MLB is recognizing that certain teams need help. This year they had 13 teams who either were one of the 10 lowest revenue teams, one of the 10 smallest market teams, or both. And yet they only awarded 12 picks. Why not 13? The whole purpose of the draft acknowledges that these teams need help, so it makes no sense to help all but one of the teams.
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