2013 Draft: Competitive Balance Lottery Results

Game 91: Gettin' Away
Yankees recall David Phelps, send D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement has changed the amateur draft drastically, and starting next year there will be two new rounds — six picks each, one after the first round and one after the second — added with extra selections for teams deemed small-market and/or low-revenue. Getting Blanked explains the entire system, so check that out. I highly recommend it.

The actually lottery was held today and as you’d expect, the Yankees were not eligible for an extra pick(s). MLBTR has the full results. These 12 picks and the associated draft pool money can be traded but not during the offseason, only between now and the end of the season and between Opening Day next year and I guess draft day. Doesn’t make sense to me either, but this is a thing now.

Game 91: Gettin' Away
Yankees recall David Phelps, send D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A
  • Andrew Brotherton

    According to Jason Stark the Tigers and the Marlins (both teams with ridiculously high payrolls in semi-major markets) got picks but the Rays (team that actually follows the rules and builds teams from within that somehow their own fans don’t like) didn’t get a pick.

    • Slugger27

      this is a very confusing comment. For one, it’s just a lottery. the rays got unlucky.

      for two, your comment implies the tigers and marlins don’t follow the rules. ???????

    • Brian Cashman is Watching

      It sounds like they implemented some weird formula where the 10 lowest revenue teams and the 10 smallest market teams are thrown in to a pot for a drawing. But it is not a straight 1/10 chance, its more like the NBA lottery where a teams name is put in a number of times, but the number is based on some weird percentage that is based on record, market size, revenues, etc.

      This is how I understand it from John Mayo. It seems really convoluted, and maybe someone else has a better understanding. To me is sounds like: “Hey Tampa, you have the smallest market and lowest revenues, so you get your name in the pot twice while the other 15 teams only get in once.”

      • Gonzo

        I think the only team that was eligible for only one round (the second of the two rounds) was the Tigers. The other 13 teams including the Rays were eligible for both rounds.

  • Canadian Yankee Fan

    After reading Getting Blanked I still don’t understand how the Tigers qualify. If I understand correctly there are 13 teams (of which the Tigers are not one) which are either one of the 10 smallest markets, 10 lowest income markets or both. Of those 6 got picked for the 1st round and the other 7 plus the Tigers were then eligible for the 2nd round picks. But I haven’t read anywhere yet what the basis is for including the Tigers. Can anybody clarify?

    • Manimal

      The auto industry.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Their revenue must be low enough that they receive revenue sharing. I can’t think of any other reason.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        According to this:

        Teams with 10 lowest revenues and/or in 10 smallest markets are eligible for the first round of picks. Teams that lose in that round and any team that receives revenue sharing $ is eligible for second round of picks.

    • RetroRob

      I’m thinking maybe all teams get entered with a chance at one pick in the Convoluted Round, or perhaps all teams not already included, and it just so happens the Tigers were picked.

      I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure out all the rules aroundt he amateur draft. I think this is a “brilliant” stroke on the part of Selig. He’s always wanted a hard slotting system but couldn’t get agreement. Now he’s made things so crazy that both sides will eventually agree.

  • RetroRob

    The Yankees play in the Bronx, with little major business. They should be declared a small-market team.

  • Manimal

    That picture of Bud Selig is PRICELESS, please post that on this website if you guys can haha

  • Rich in NJ

    Selig is a transparent clown.

    • viridiana

      Actually much worse than a clown

  • nmc

    Maybe this is a naive question, but what will be the suggested slot bonuses for these extra picks, and will the bonuses count toward the draft pool, and will failing to sign these guys cost you money?

    Having extra picks seems to just reduce the average amount you can pay per player. And many of these teams will already have a very early pick (so a lot of draft pool money tied up there), so they would be very likely to want to trade them for things they can better use rather than blowing their whole draft pool on three picks in the first two plus rounds.

    Or is this just a situation where this is a good problem to have?

    • Gonzo

      Very good problem to have. They get the pick and the allotted money for that pick. That’s roughly $600k or so. If one of these teams wants to grab a sliding Appel, they can sign a senior player for $10k and have an extra ~$600 to pay. Or they can just sign an extra player for ~$600k or more. It’s basically found money for these teams.

  • dkidd

    i get size-of-market as a criteria, but why is low revenue rewarded? is this meant to stop teams from hoarding profits?

    • Gonzo

      I guess the one surefire way to become a higher revenue team is to put out a better product. Although the Rays would disagree with me. This is way of helping them get a better product.

      • dkidd

        not to get all tea party, but it sounds like mlb is rewarding incompetence

        • Gonzo

          There are a lot of ways this can be interpreted, but this is in line with Bud’s past actions.

          • bobtaco

            No one is better at incompetence than Bud Selig.

            • viridiana

              But give Bud credit for ingenuity– amazing number of ways to penalize good teams, big-amrket teams, theams that make money. Talk about weird incentives. Bud’s heart has always been in Milwaukee.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Profits have no effect on it. A team can have low revenue and still big profits if they limit their spending enough (or just don’t spend the revenue sharing money they receive)

      • dkidd

        confused “revenue” and “profit”

        thanks NYU!

        • yooboo


          profit = net income.

  • yooboo

    Damn.. Cardinals did not win anything. I would love the fantasy where Cardinals won the 1st round pity and then traded it to Yankees for 2B Jose Pirela. With a 1st round compensatory pick for Swisher, Karsten Whitson, Ryane Stanek and Austin Kubitza would be ours. I would want another draft similar to the Kennedy and Chamberlain’s draft. College arms with fast moving up program.

    Yanks struggled to sell luxury seats behind the home plate for regular price in few years ago and yet, Yanks are one of top 10 teams in revenue/sharing bullshit. Amazing.

  • Scout

    It all boils down to this: Bud Selig is, has always been, and always will be the Commissioner of the Milwaukee Brewers. He will not rest content until he assures that mediocrity prevails throughout baseball, though he will always use the euphamism “competitive balance.”

  • Ted Nelson

    People need to realize that the trade-off the Yankees get for this is being allowed to buy a ton of FA talent. If not for the draft, there would be a hard cap and/or more revenue sharing. I’m sure they’ll take this everyday.

    MLB is not a free market. There is very little market competition in MLB. In a competitive market one or more other teams would move to NY (and LA and Chicago probably) rather than stay in cities with 1 million people. There are 20 million plus in NY metro. There are 1-2 mill in several MLB metro areas. My favorite is that these teams could make as much as the Yankees if they were better run… Yeah, with 1/20th the market size and in most cases a less affluent market… Sure.

    In terms of people complaining about the Tigers… Have people seen the state of Detroit? Entire sections are abandoned and cutting off street lights.

    • yooboo

      When I looked up Forbes for 2010, Cardinals and Tigers kind of make sense. Interesting.

  • viridiana

    Can’t imagine why anyone would defend Bud Selig. Yes, there is reason to rig the rules to some degree to aid small-market teams. I do support reverse drafting in the first round (but not subsequent rounds).
    But Selig — obsessed as he is — keeps twisting the rules, adding new wrinkles wherever he can, be it revenue sharing, luxury tax, “compensatory” draft picks, prohibitive caps on draft spending, international spending caps etc etc. Everything he’s done encourages mediocrity and rewards losing. And no other industry — except sports — shares revenue or so bends over backwards for weaker competitors. While Bud would argue that the majority of low-revenue teams deserve breaks to compete with the evil free spenders, there’s another way to look at it. Big market teams represent huge numbers of fans– as much as 10 to 20 times as many fans as the Milwaukees and Kansas Cities. So while Selig may think he is protecting the many, he is actually attempting to penalize huge fan bases. Eventually, his plans will succeed, I fear, and the Yankees, after years of overcoming Selig’s policies, will succumb. Then we’ll see how baseball does with its TV contracts.

    And please — let’s not bring up moronic alternatives like the NBA– which has produced incredible distortions, prevented teams from improving and essentially befuddled all but the few who understand the arcana of the NBA salary cap.

    • yooboo

      Selig has to be creative because MLB hard salary wont happen. Is it wrong to do that way?

      • viridiana

        I am not a fan of salary cap, Yooboo. I think it takes a lot of fun out of the game and inhibits the formation and preservation of truly superior teams. Would we have had Murderer’s Row or the Big Red Machine with a salary cap? Of course, I am a Yankee fan. I’m sure Royals fans see things differently. But it just bugs me that Selig’s policies have been so consistent and clearly aimed against Yankee interests for decades. And I include in this lots of very suspicious behavior — like approving the Red Sox sale to the Henry team when they were not high bidder — but had agreed to support Selig’s revenue sharing policies. Essentially, the small market teams (thru Selig) have ruled baseball for over 20 years as they represent the majority. Baseball is kind of like the US if it only had a Senate, where all states are equal. But the House gives greater voting strength to large population centers. No such balance in baseball.

        • yooboo

          I am with Selig on 3 teams circus. Also, a highest bidder does not automatically win an ownership because of 2 simple reasons.

          1. 2nd place has an opportunity to match, overbid or pass on the highest bid.

          2. New ownership must be approved by MLB owners. In that case, Henry and Loria were already the owners for different teams.

          It is easy to call Selig’s policies Yankeesbusters because Yankees have done too many things that most teams could not. Yankees handle it just fine. That is important. Lets find out whether or not Yanks can win WS under clever limitations after 2014. I, for one, will not use Selig as excuse why Yanks can’t win World Series.

          Small market or low income teams have tended to invest heavily in draft than free agency. That may be a reason Selig went that direction. Tigers thing still bugs me as hell and it makes me want NFL draft compensatory formula to be added to this current draft lottery. It is not perfect now.

          I read somewhere Bud Selig made big money for MLB so that may explain why he stays with us longer than we thought. I will need to dig deeper on that part.

    • Chris

      I don’t mind trying to help the worst teams but there is no reason why teams like Toronto should be allowed to draft in the middle EVERY YEAR. They need to do a lottery for the top 5 picks between the 4 worst teams and the World Series winner.

  • Chris

    How is the team who handed out a 215 million dollar contract a “low” anything team? Is Detroit a smaller market than say Toronto?

    • Slu

      Much smaller than Toronto.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Detroit is ranked 17th in MLB market size. Toronto is tied for 9th.

  • Kevin G.

    Haven’t we learned from the NBA that a draft lottery is never the way to go?

    • yooboo

      NBA lottery for top picks. MLB lottery for end of the 1st round.