MLBTR Originals

A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR this past week:

  • Ben Nicholson-Smith reviewed the changes in draft pick compensation resulting from the new collective bargaining agreement and confirmed that teams losing a free agent will only receive one compensatory draft pick, whereas they previously obtained two selections. 
  • Tim Dierkes discussed trade candidates who could eventually be tied to draft pick compensation.
  • Ben asked MLBTR readers should teams be willing to trade top prospects for players on the brink of free agency. Over 71% of you prefer the prospects to the rental. 
  • Speaking of rentals, Tim asked MLBTR readers whether the Phillies will extend Cole Hamels prior to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Nearly 57% of you don't think they will.
  • Ben hosted this week's chat.
  • Ben also recapped the first-ever Competitive Balance Lottery, which allocates additional draft picks to small-market and low-revenue teams. 
  • Mike Axisa compiled this week's edition of Baseball Blogs Weigh In.
  • There are many ways to enjoy MLB Trade Rumors. Here's a refresher on how to use MLBTR.
  • Want the latest rumors for your favorite team? Check out MLBTR's team-by-team links for Facebook, Twitter, and RSS pages and feeds.

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