ANAHEIM -- The Orioles will once again have an additional pick in next year's Draft.
The lottery for next year's competitive balance picks was held in New York on Wednesday, and the O's received the fifth selection in Group B, which is immediately after the second round. Basically, it's like a third-round pick, and the Orioles, who last year sent their competitive balance pick to the Astros as part of the Bud Norris trade, were one of 12 teams to get an extra pick.
Introduced when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement began in December 2011, the Competitive Balance Lottery gives teams that have either one of the 10 smallest markets or 10 smallest revenue pools one of six additional choices after each of the first and second rounds. In addition, any other clubs that receive revenue-sharing funds are eligible for the supplemental second-round selections.
Fifteen teams were eligible to receive a pick in this year's lottery -- the Twins and Mariners were eligible for a Round B selection only by virtue of having received revenue sharing. The Pirates, Rays and Royals were not selected.
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