A’s Shut Out
The A’s were shut out of getting any competitive balance picks as they (along with the Cincinnati Reds) failed to win the lottery getting shut out of both rounds. What does it mean? Well the picks are tradeable so the A’s could have had some leverage trading those picks. It seems unlikely Oakland would have traded them so ultimately the A’s lost out at a shot at a bunch of picks that last year were 34 through 39 and 69 through 73. There is talent to be found there: Todd Frazier was selected in the 34th slot; Johnny Damon, Jason Marquis and Aaron Rowand were selected 35th; Jarrod Saltalamacchia was a 36th pick; Troy Glaus and Adam Jones were 37th selections; Gio Gonzalez and David Wright highlight those selected 38th overall; Barry Bonds was had in the 39th slot but elected to go to Arizona State. The second competitive balance slot area also has seen some valuable players like: Bronson Arroyo (69th), Dan Haren (72nd), Justin Masterson (71st), A.J. Pierzynski (71st), Tim Salmon (69th) and Andrelton Simmons (70th). Despite it being a crapshoot one thing remains true about the draft and that is more picks is better – the A’s lost today.