Rockies, Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Royals and Brewers win competitive-balance draft picks

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From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com:

The Rockies, Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Royals and Brewers won picks after the first round of next year’s draft in Major League Baseball’s second annual competitive balance lottery.

The lottery involved the 10 teams with the lowest revenue and 10 in the smallest markets and was six picks after the first round. A club’s odds of winning the lottery were based on its winning percentage last season.

The teams that did not win a post-first-round pick were entered into a different lottery for six picks after the second round. The Padres, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Rays, Pirates and Mariners came away with those.

The competitive-balance draft was instituted last year as part of Major League Baseball’s new labor agreement. The picks can be traded, and indeed some were at the July 31 deadline in 2012.

If you’d like to read more on how this all works, check out Jonathan Mayo’s rundown on MLB.com.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.