Competitive Balance picks also are valuable property, because they can be traded.
The Marlins actually used a Competitive Balance Round A pick in June to acquire reliever Bryan Morris from the Pirates. The deal was made a few days before the June Draft, with Miami parting with the 39th overall pick for Morris, who has become a valuable back-of-the-bullpen piece.
"You talk about building organizations, that's nice to have," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's nice to be able to pick at the top and get some of the best players in the country."
The Competitive Balance Lottery was introduced in 2011.
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