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The Royals, Pirates, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Reds and Marlins won picks after the first round of next year's draft in Major League Baseball's 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 pick after the first round were entered into another lottery for picks after the second round.
The Padres, Indians, Rockies, Athletics, Brewers and Tigers won second-round picks.
The competitive balance draft was agreed upon as part of the new labor agreement.
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Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the Kansas City Royals are in talks to trade RF Jeff Francoeur to the Cleveland Indians or the Cincinnati Reds.
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Kendal spent 2010 and 2011 as a member of the Royals, but missed the end of the 2010 season and the entire 2011 season due to a shoulder injury.
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KANSAS CITY The Kansas City Royals have a signed veteran catcher Jason Kendall to a 2012 minor league contract. Kendall will report to Double-A Northwest Arkansas today and is scheduled to start at catcher at Springfield tomorrow night.
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What is the Competitive Balance Lottery?
Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com
...is a mechanism designed to help teams perceived to need the most assistance by awarding extra Draft picks to some of them. The 10 smallest-market teams and 10 lowest-revenue teams will have the chance to win one of six extra selections in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Those half-dozen picks will be made...
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Kendall, 38, last played in the Majors in 2010 with the Royals. He hit .256/.318/.297 with 37 RBI's and a 91 OPS+ in 490 plate appearances. He missed the entire 2011 season due to a shoulder injury.
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