The Cincinnati Reds lost out on the Zack Wheeler sweepstakes earlier today, as the right-handed pitcher. Marc Carig of The Ahtletic was the first with the news that Wheeler agreed to a 5-year and $118M deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. But not all of the news on the Reds front was of the bad variety. This evening Major League Baseball announced that they were among the 14 teams who would get an additional draft pick in the 2020 draft.

Major League Baseball came up with this idea a few years ago, rewarding teams that are considered small market, low revenue, and low-winning teams in a formula to hand out picks following either the first or second round. In 2020 the Reds will be rewarded as a small market, low-revenue team with a Competitive Balance Round B pick. That’s the round that follows the second round. They will be 5th in the pecking order following the second round, too – the second to last pick handed out.

These are the only draft picks that are tradeable. The Reds used their previous Competitive Balance pick in the trade last winter to acquire Sonny Gray. The Yankees wound up getting the 38th overall pick from Cincinnati along with prospect Shed Long, who was almost immediately traded to Seattle.

The exact place of the pick is still unknown. Free agency and compensation related to it can change where the exact spot the pick will fall.

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4 Responses

  1. Jim

    I know a lot of you didn’t want Wheeler for various reasons and I understand. 5 yrs? 23.6 mil a yr? Lost draft pick.
    I was for it on the condition we traded Bauer. Hope he wins 20 for us next year but I predict 14 and a 4.oo era.
    I keep hearing we need a SS. Maybe we get Seager or Lindor but I prefer a short term Catcher. Wanted Grandhal on 2 yr or maybe 3. I guess we could have done 4 yrs and told ourselves that him an Votto come off the books together.
    At least the front office is trying, I’m happy to see them going the FA route. Farm system isn’t exactly where it should be after 5 yrs of high picks.
    I say enjoy the next few yrs!

    • Oldtimer

      I would happily take 14 W by Trevor Bauer in 2020. His 2020 projection is a bit lower than that. He just needs to return to 2018 form.

  2. Krozley

    The slot value for this pick should be in the $850K range. The two CompB picks from the past were Josiah Gray & Tanner Rainey, so good value can be had (or will be forfeited if the Reds sign a free agent attached to a qualifying offer).

  3. Oldtimer

    Brewers traded their pick to Mariners:

    Brewers Acquire Catcher Omar Narváez from Seattle
    RHP Adam Hill and 2020 Draft Pick To Mariners
    The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired catcher Omar Narváez (nar-VIE-ez) from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Adam Hill and a 2020 Competitive Balance Round B selection. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager David Stearns.

    “Omar has established himself as one of the best offensive catchers in the game,” said Stearns. “We believe his bat will give us an impactful left-handed presence in our lineup.”

    Narváez, who turns 28 on February 10, is coming off his best Major League season, batting .278 with 22 HR and 55 RBI in 132 games. He made 108 starts (91g at C, 17g at DH). His .373 on-base percentage, .516 slugging percentage and .889 OPS as a catcher all led the American League and ranked second in the Major Leagues. His 22 HR as a catcher ranked fourth in the American League and seventh in the majors.