Cards Benefit in Competitive Balance Lottery

Andrew Morales

The St. Louis Cardinals gain an extra pick between the first and second rounds of the 2015 Draft, thanks to Wednesday’s Competitive Balance Lottery.

In Major League Baseball’s Competitive Balance Lottery held Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals fared well. The club has received an extra draft pick, the third of six following the first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

An important factor is that the team will also receive bonus pool coverage for the extra selection, likely to be around $1.5 million. The exact number of the pick will not be decided until perhaps just before next June’s draft, but it should be in the 35 to 40 range.

The Cardinals also had a Competitive Balance pick in the 2014 draft, but it was following the second round. With it, the organization selected right-handed pitcher Andrew Morales, the 71st player taken overall.

How it Works

Introduced three years ago to help level the playing field between teams, the Competitive Balance Lottery gives certain organizations one of six additional picks after each of the first and second rounds of the following year’s draft.

Eligible clubs are in those in the 10 smallest markets and/or with the 10 smallest revenue pools. For the second-round selections only, those clubs eligible for revenue-sharing funds are added into the drawing.

Eligible Teams

Miami, Colorado, St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Diego and Cleveland were winners in the first-round drawing, selecting in that order. Seven others were not chosen and moved to the second-round pool: Oakland, Arizona, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati and Kansas City.

The latter seven from the above list, those not selected, were joined by revenue sharing-qualifiers Seattle and Minnesota in the second-round drawing. Winners, in order, were Cincinnati, Oakland, Seattle, Minnesota, Baltimore and Arizona.

Shut out completely were Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Kansas City.

Extra Points

Currently, the Cardinals will have five picks in the first three rounds – their own three, this Competitive Balance selection and a compensatory choice after the third round. The latter is due to the club having not signed its third-round choice in 2014, pitcher Trevor Megill.

If the Cardinals had any qualifying free agents this fall, this total would increase - if the players were offered, then turn down a one-year deal to return, and finally sign elsewhere during the 2014-2015 off-season. It would decrease if the club signs such a player (or players) during that period.

The Competitive Balance slots are the only MLB-related draft picks eligible to be traded.

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