Indians hit jackpot in the Competitive Balance Lottery
The competitive balance lottery happened on Wednesday to no fanfare at all, but Indians fans should really be happy about it and need to know about it.
The reason is simple: this pick becomes a big trade asset for the Indians. It could be the centerpiece in a trade, especially if it's for pen help.
This is the second year of the competitive balance picks. For your team to qualify you have to be one of the ten smallest markets or one of the ten lowest revenue generating teams. Since some teams won the bad revenue lottery they were in the bottom ten for both which meant 14 teams were up for 12 picks. The two teams who failed to land a pick where the A's and the Reds.
These picks are also the only picks that can be traded. They are the test system for allowing the trading of picks in future drafts - at least that is what a lot of people think, including myself.
The teams are weighted by their record from the year before. The Indians actually dropped as they should have had the second pick, but the Orioles jumped them; however, the third pick will be in the top 40 and should carry a draft pool total over around $1.5 million. It should be noted that we don't know where the pick will land as it will depend on how many compensation picks there are. Also, the Marlins have pick #36 after failing to sign their competitive balance pick this year.
The reason this is a major trade asset is it adds a lot of money to a team's draft pool. For example, it should be about 2.5 times as much as the Indians second pick this past year at number 79. Next year's draft also looks good and deep with high school arms. If you're a team looking to rebuild it is another bullet for your future, and since it's a pick its adds a lot of flexibility for that team to add to their future.
That is the 411 on the the pick and what it means. After the Indians willingness to go out and sign players which cost them picks, I would not be surprised at all to see this pick traded. Bottom line, the Indians just added another valuable trade asset and have yet more ammunition to complete a big deal before the trade deadline.
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Picks can be traded once.
If it's for a young TOR starter here beyond 2014, I'd be for it, but someone like Garza who's a rental? Not fond of the idea.
I thought that they had a swathe of territory across the plains and they generate a massive amount of revenue from merchandise sales (seriously, go to any ballpark and you'll see a handful of Cards fans in gear there).
That's just asinine that they were even eligible.
The draft is too important to small market clubs like us to go into next year's draft with zero picks in the first 40 or so. If we hold onto this pick, we can feel a lot better about signing a big name free agent next winter.
Bargain shop for relievers, don't deal a piece of the future for an insignificant piece for the present.
It is a great trade asset for the Tribe. Maybe coupled with a prospect or two the Indians could make a real splash on the trade front.