What is the Competitive Balance Lottery?
…is a mechanism designed to help teams perceived to need the most assistance by awarding extra Draft picks to some of them. The 10 smallest-market teams and 10 lowest-revenue teams will have the chance to win one of six extra selections in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Those half-dozen picks will be made at the conclusion of the first round, following the compensation selections. Because there is obvious crossover between those two groups, there are 13 teams entered into the first-round lottery: the D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Royals, A’s, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Marlins, Brewers and Cardinals. The odds of winning a Draft pick will be based on each team’s winning percentage in the previous season.
There will be a second group of six picks, to be made after the conclusion of the second round. The teams from the first group that did not get one of the early picks will be re-entered, along with any other Major League team that receives revenue sharing. This year, only one team — the Tigers — will be added to the second lottery.
The Results of the 2012 Competitive Balance Lottery (for 2013 draft):
Selections Between First & Second Rounds (Round A)
Selections After Second Round (Round B)
The Rays and Cardinals did not receive a pick in either of the Competitive Balance Lottery Rounds.
Teams may trade Competitive Balance Lottery picks. CBL picks can only be traded once and cannot be sold or traded during the offseason. In theory, CBL picks could be involved in 2012 MLB trade deadline deals.