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A rock and a hard place

With the new way the MLB draft is constructed, the White Sox are not in position to build through sucking

One of the many, many, many changes that have been made by the Rob Manfred-led MLB is the institution of a lottery draft to determine the top six picks. This was a decision made to force teams have second thoughts about tanking.

It also came with a rule about how often you can actually qualify for the lottery.

If you are a team in a big market, or one that paid into MLB revenue sharing, you cannot pick higher than 10th in consecutive years.

The Chicago White Sox obviously play in a pretty big market, despite always being thought of as the second team — and acting like a small-market team. The White Sox also look poised to be a bad team next season.

The South Siders slipped from their projected fourth pick down to fifth in the 2024 MLB Draft, which still means that they cannot pick in the Top 10 in 2025. Obviously, they can go right back to potential high picks for the 2026 draft, but ping-ponging around the draft board does not seem like an ideal way to go about building a team.

Of course you can find great players with lower picks, but the higher your select, the better your chances on hitting on a franchise cornerstone.

So the idea of tanking for picks, which in MLB has never been as fruitful as in other sports, is even weaker than before.

Chris Getz and crew can talk all they want about 2024 not being a rebuilding year, but with how things are trending, it looks like it will be one. And the prize for a rebuilding season, with at least 90 losses, will be, at best, the 10th pick in 2025 — and an even worse reputation across the baseball world.


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