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Some of MLB’s worst teams had something to play for Sunday

Sep 29, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

Jake Elmore, Jimmy Paredes AP

With the new collective bargaining agreement came a new incentive for teams to play poorly: locking up a protected first round draft pick. In the old CBA, the first 15 first-round picks were protected. In the new one, only ten are protected. If a team with a protected pick signs a free agent who received a qualifying offer, that team does not have to surrender its first round draft pick as compensation.

Teams with the ten worst records secured themselves a protected pick. Entering today’s action, the Astros, Marlins, White Sox, Twins, Cubs, Mariners, and Phillies had already locked one up. The Rockies, Mets, Blue Jays, and Brewers entered Sunday’s contests playing for the remaining three spots. In the event of a tie, the team with the worse 2012 record gets preference.

With all of Sunday’s action finalized, here are your protected pick standings:

Team W L Win%
1 Houston Astros 51 111 .315
2 Miami Marlins 62 100 .383
3 Chicago White Sox 63 99 .389
4 Minnesota Twins 66 96 .407
5 Chicago Cubs 66 96 .407
6 Seattle Mariners 71 91 .438
7 Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 .451
8 Colorado Rockies 74 88 .457
9 Toronto Blue Jays 74 88 .457
10 New York Mets 74 88 .457
11 Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457

Last year, the Rockies had a .395 winning percentage, the Jays .451, the Mets .457, and the Brewers .512. Unfortunately for the Brewers, they finish on the outside looking in.

  1. contraryguy - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    111 losses; ouch. 2003, Tigers lost 119. In the draft they got Justin Verlander. Who will the Astros get?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      NC State’s Carlos Rondon

    • Kevin S. - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Speaking of that ’04 draft, how did the 98-loss Padres pick ahead of the 119-loss Tigers?

      • deepstblu - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Wasn’t it the case that the draft order used to alternate between the NL and AL each year, the same way the World Series home advantage did?

  2. Stiller43 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    The astros make the marlins look like world beaters

    • gloccamorra - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      I was impressed by the Marlins pitching. Fernandez, Eovaldi and Alvarez finished up nicely. Turner had a rough 3 starts in September but looked pretty good up until then. The team could turn it around with acouple good hitters, but the Astros will have to remake their entire pitching staff.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        Well said sir

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

        Going down the stretch, the White Sox almost passed the Marlins.

      • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        It is shocking that that Loria fugger could have a competitive team fairly soon if he wanted.

  3. onbucky96 - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Great work Brewers, showing up the last 2 weeks of the season. We went from top 5 to 11. Brilliant, we lay down all yr until it matters, now we lose out come June. Idiots.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      The Jays certainly played to win as they almost swept the Rays. Still, they will have both #9 and #11 They get #11 as compensation for not signing Phil Bickford last season due to medical concerns. The Brewers will pick #12.

  4. crackersnap - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Imagine how we LA Angels fans feel. On August 21st they were safely ensconced into the 5th draft slot, with a pick protected away from the annual actions of Arte Moreno and his Big Splash FA signings (costing LAA one first round pick after another first round pick after another…).

    Then they go on a binge of 21 wins against only 7 losses, dropping them all the way to 14th place and well into unprotected territory. Just in time for Robinson Cano.

    And afterwards? Well, they finish out 2013 with only 2 wins against 6 losses, including 4 straight to the Rangers handing them their play-in game against Tampa Bay.

    Well done, sirs. Well done.

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