The teams with the 10 worst records have protected first round picks in the following year’s draft. With just six games left in the season, the Mets are tied with three teams for ninth…
According to MLB Trade Rumors, if two teams have the same record, the higher draft pick goes to the team that finished with a lower winning percentage in the previous season.
Last year, the Rockies finished with the worst winning percentage (.395), followed by the Blue Jays (.451), Mets (.457), Brewers (.512), Phillies (.500) and Giants (.580). That means the Mets are currently the 10th overall — protected — pick.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I want the Mets to spend more money this winter than they have the last few off seasons. Sandy Alderson has shown before that he’ll fight tooth and nail to keep his top draft pick (remember Michael Bourn?). So, to make that a non issue and help encourage him to acquire Shin-Soo Choo or someone similar, I want the Mets to finish poorly. I feel terrible saying that, but, the plan has always been about 2014 and beyond.
The roster being trotted out there right now borders on insulting, and I want to believe this will be different in six months, so I don’t feel guilty rooting for just enough losing to help the team get better. It’s sad that it has to even be this way, but it is… and I know the potential of next year’s draft pick is significantly more meaningful than the difference between winning 71 or 75 games in otherwise meaningless season.