Pirates, Nats, A’s have best odds in Dec 6 MLB draft lottery

LAS VEGAS — Major League Baseball’s first amateur draft lottery will take place on Dec. 6 at the winter meetings in San Diego, determining the top six picks next summer.

Under the agreement in March ending the 99-day lockout, the lottery includes teams that failed to reach the postseason and didn’t forfeit their first-round pick, such as for signing a qualified free agent.

Washington, Oakland and Pittsburgh, which each lost 100 or more games, have the best odds of getting the top pick at 16.5%.

The players’ association pushed for the lottery to discourage teams from trying to get the top pick.

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