The Pirates are not among the needy as they sport a .602 winning percentage at the break, but they received future aid Wednesday.
The Pirates were awarded the fifth pick in Competitive Balance Round B of the 2014 draft Wednesday as Major League Baseball held its competitive balance lottery. The six Round B selections follow the second round of the draft.
The 10 smallest-market and 10 lowest-revenue teams are eligible for six compensation picks in Rounds A and B. The odds are based upon 2012 winning percentages.
The Round A picks follow the first round. The Rockies earned the first Round A pick followed by the Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Royals and Brewers.
The competitive balance picks can be traded. The Pirates traded a competitive balance pick in this year's draft in a 2012 deal for Gaby Sanchez.
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