Report: Cubs Inquired About Receiving Competitive-Balance Draft Pick as Part of a Deal for Samardzija

A day after the Marlins traded their competitive-balance draft pick (39th overall) and the assigned value of the pick to the Pirates for RHP Bryan Morris, Jeff Passan reported the Cubs “have inquired about receiving a competitive-balance draft pick and the accompanying bonus-pool money as a part of the package for Jeff Samardzija.”

The Rockies have been mentioned as one of the teams interested in trading for Samardzija, and Colorado has a competitive balance draft pick, the 35th overall pick in the draft, worth $1,614,500. The Cubs would be able to add a significant amount of money to their bonus pool of $8,347,300 if Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer could swing a trade for Samardzija that included the Rockies competitive balance pick.

The Astros, Indians, Marlins, Royals, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Rays, Pirates and Mariners have competitive-balance picks in either Round A (before second round) or Round B (before the third round).

Teams cannot trade draft picks under the current CBA, but look for that rule to be changed. Teams can trade competitive-balance picks, and two of them in this year’s draft have been dealt. The Orioles sent their competitive-balance pick (37th  overall) to the Astros as part of the Bud Norris deal last summer.

Jeff Passan thinks Jeff Samardzija will be traded to a team in the east and to possibly one of the four teams in the mix for a division title.

A team’s draft bonus pool covers the first 10 rounds and any bonuses that exceed $100,000 for players selected in rounds 11-40. If a team does not sign a player that was selected in the top 10 rounds, the bonus pool associated with that slot is removed from the team’s total bonus pool.

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  • Theboardrider

    I think a pick in that range could have a ton of value. Love to see Rodon slip to us at 4, then pick up Hoffman in that range. Would be a great, but improbable haul.

    • bpot92

      Most still project Hoffman in the mid 1st round. Many believe The Blue Jays will take him with their second pick of the first round.

  • daverj

    I am hoping that if the Cubs miss out on the Big 3 (Rodon, Aiken, Kolek) that they then pick one of the guys I consider the next 3 (Jackson, Gordon, Nola). I do not want to see the Cubs sign “a signability” guy who would otherwise go lower in the draft. The organization is in dire need of impact talent.

  • Eugene Debs

    Max Pentecost had a great NCAA regional performance. He reminds me of Joe Mauer.

  • Brp921

    I hope if the three pitchers Rodon, Aiken and Kolek are gone that they draft Nola. I know he is not projected as a top two starter, but he seems to be as close to a can’t miss middle of the rotation guy as can be found, and I think, as far as drafting pitching in the top of the first round goes, that would be a good solid pick at number four. Also being a college guy he should (as I believe Neil posted is being projected) advance quickly to the major leagues and we could use that with our glut of position players being so near major league ready.

    • daverj

      Agreed. I read somewhere (I can’t remember where) that some think Nola could be MLB ready as soon as next season.

      • John_CC

        I have read that he seems close and though his ceiling is lower – solid mid rotation starter – his floor is right there. Point is if they don’t want to gamble, Nola would be a solid pick as a high odds bet that he’ll pitch in the middle of the rotation…soon.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    what is a “Competitive Balance Pick”, why does a team get one, and how can Cubs get more in the future?

    I may be getting old and cranky…but I don’t like these made-up picks…either you have a 1st rounder or a 2nd rounder…now they have these sandwich picks and competitive balance picks and maybe in the future they will have “fairness picks” and “your team has really sucked for 3 years in a row now picks”.

    It’s madness, I say!

    • Eugene Debs

      It’s out of control. Run for the hills!

    • John_CC

      For example, the team that aquires Jeff Shark (or the Cubs for that matter if they kept him) would receive a compensation pick if they make a “qualifying offer” -which is an average salary of some sort – when he is a feee agent after 2015, and it is turned down.

      The Cubs had two supplemetory picks in 2012 one each for Aramis and Lee.

      Before the new CBA it was even a bigger circus

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        so did Boston lose out on a comp pick for Stephen Drew by resigning him (albeit late)?

        and…can you keep doing this forever…could they give Drew a qualifying offer again this offseason and receive pick compensation if he chooses to not resign?

      • bpot92

        Arent the only picks tradeable are the lower 10 markets who get an extra pick? The ones for FA arent tradeable I thought.

    • TheWrongGuy

      JasonOfTheBurbs for an answer to your question.

      There is also the Qualifying Offer supplemental draft picks that are picks received to a team because a player declined a qualifying offer.

      As said in the article above the “lottery competitive balance picks” can be traded once and only once.

  • Johnathan Wood

    An extra high pick like that would be nice, enable them to get another quality pitching prospect. Either way, they better get a freaking ransom if they’re dumping Shark.