Confessions of a MLB Draft newbie P2: Understanding the Competitive Balance Round

3c16d-major-league-baseball-logoAlright this part of the draft was a lot easier to understand than I originally thought because the title makes sense – not as blatantly as the Compensatory Round – so this post shouldn’t be too long but being a “newbie” when it comes to the draft I figure if I write it  I will understand it more thoroughly and maybe help one or two people in the process. That way next season there will be a few more knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to the MLB Draft – LOL!

I know, it’s not THAT big of a deal but for those of us who are interested in every aspect of the game it’s a need to know kind of thing. It was like when I realized that I didn’t know how arbitration hearings worked – I researched and wrote a piece back when I was writing for Sports Unbiased – and it really helped me in my understanding of a side of the game I hadn’t explored before.

Now I am veering off topic so back to the question at hand. 

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association was renegotiated in 2011. When it was renegotiated many changes were made including some to the First-Year Player Draft and that is when the Competitive Balance Round was born.

The Competitive Balance Lottery was implemented in 2012 and made it’s debut in the 2013 draft. It basically awards extra draft picks (within the first 100 overall picks) to teams that are in the bottom ten in the league in revenue and market size as well as those teams that received revenue sharing the year prior. The order in which they receive them relies upon the records of the previous season starting with the worst. 

The Competitive Balance Round A takes place between the first and second rounds, The Competitive Balance Round B takes place between the second and third rounds of the draft.

Other than that the Competitive Balance Rounds are much like the other rounds of the draft except for one rule that applies only to these rounds. The rule is that the rights to these draft picks can be traded. 


Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Bleacher Report sites an example of this from the 2014 MLB Draft. The Miami Marlins traded one of their picks to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RHP Bryan Morris.

And there you have it! I learned something new and I hope you did as well! Always good to fully understand the game … having a real love for the sport – at least for me – means understanding as many aspects of how it works as possible. Of course the on-field ones are the easiest to learn through watching and listening to so many games each season but not as often are the details and inner workings explained so if you ever have questions PLEASE ask me! If I can’t answer it and I haven’t already written about it somewhere where I can direct you to go – then I am more than happy to do the research for you and provide you with answers! 

Scarily enough the research and the writing really is fun for me so please – ask away! If you are interested in salary arbitration and hearings follow this link and hopefully what I have written will deem helpful to you! Have a good night baseball peeps!! xx ~ Jen




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